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Your intuition regarding the two expressions is roughly correct. There is no definition of "mute" that isn't in some way related to silence or speechlessness. Confusion may arise from "moot", however, as the American and British usage of the adjective differs. The American "moot" indicates that something has no practical significance. This is more or less ...


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Personally, I've always used "homogeneous" (the pronunciation of which sounds strange to you.) Homogenous is an option, but several sources find its use problematic (including the guide you mentioned.) Homogeneous: Of the same or similar nature or kind Uniform in structure or composition throughout (AHD) A usage note from the same source: ...


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The suffix -ous is a fairly common one, so it may just a mistake made by people unfamiliar with the correct spelling of the term. The term ingenious may also be responsible for the mistake. Genius is the correct spelling that comes directly from Latin: word-forming element making adjectives from nouns, meaning "having, full of, having to do ...


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Interesting. I'm not sure whether this usage arises as a sort of "mixed metaphors" misusage or what, but the meaning is obvious, to my thinking. It would seem, I would think, to have evolved from "early in the game". In this usage, though, if I am right, it is using "piece" to replace "game" to describe some event. "Piece" can be used to refer to a musical ...


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The verb is to fare: When you send your daughter off to camp, you hope she’ll fare well. That’s why you bid her a fond farewell. When you want to see how something will work out, you want to see how it fares. “Fair” as a verb is a rare word meaning “to smooth a surface to prepare it for being joined to another.” Fare: The word fare in ...


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Phrase "rendered moot," idiom: At some point, this whole debate may be rendered moot. (ODO, moot, adj, 2 - open 'More example sentences') Phrase "rendered mute," literal/ metaphorical. Some are deprived of the ability to reason and some made blind and others rendered mute. When Jesus had cast out the demon, the mute man spoke. The crowd ...


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As an Australian, early/late in the piece does not sound strange to me. I would say it probably is the same as early/late in the game, which does sound strange, but understandable, to me. The piece is a series of events and could describe just about anything, such as a negotiation. The U.S. came to the table late in the piece and proceeded to throw its ...


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I've never heard any British English speaker use a nasal pronunciation. I have heard speakers from some regions in England (for example, parts of Essex and also rural parts of the West Midlands) sometimes lengthen the dipthong and add a /j/ (making it something like /ma:ijn/, with various vowel qualities depending on the region) after it when saying "mine" ...



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