un-useful

Discussion in 'English Only' started by hercules, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. hercules Senior Member

    Paris, France
    France
    Hello

    Does it make sense to use "un-useful" to say something was not usefeul ?
    Thanks
     
  2. Trisia

    Trisia mod de viață

    București
    Romanian
    How about just saying "of no use?"

    Or "useless."

    Or just use a thesaurus (it's quite useful)
     
  3. Arrius

    Arrius Senior Member

    Spain
    English, UK
    Or even useless.
     
  4. indica4ever New Member

    Lisbon, Portugal
    Portugal, English & Portuguese
    This old discussion seems to have cropped up again.

    Webster's has unuseful as a valid adjective. I would say it wasn't. Could it just be an Americanism?

    Although I suppose "unuseful" isn't as strong in connotation as "useless"...

    Opinions please
     
  5. Arrius

    Arrius Senior Member

    Spain
    English, UK
    I think unuseful evolved as a slightly euphemistic term to avoid an obvious insult, whilst still remaining sarcastic, e.g.
    That was a rather unuseful remark you made just then. As you French say he is right, but you are not completely wrong, when the person addressed is, in fact, quite wrong.
     
  6. ewie

    ewie Senior Member

    This septic isle!
    NW Englandish English
    For mysterious reasons I still prefer the alternatives: not useful, of no use, of little use, without use ...
     
  7. indica4ever New Member

    Lisbon, Portugal
    Portugal, English & Portuguese
    I wouldn't say it was mysterious at all! Unuseful is a word that IMHO grates on the ear. Just wanted some corroboration really so I can punish a student for using it!!

    Thanks!
     

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