Discussion in 'English Only' started by hercules, Sep 24, 2007.
Does it make sense to use "un-useful" to say something was not usefeul ?
How about just saying "of no use?"
Or just use a thesaurus (it's quite useful)
Or even useless.
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"...
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.
For mysterious reasons I still prefer the alternatives: not useful, of no use, of little use, without use ...
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!!
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