Word of the DayThursday, February 26, 2015
\in-YOO-til\ , adjective;
There was an elevated sluiceway, part wood, part concrete: porous, pocked, inutile, filled with silt and more debris.
-- John McPhee, "A Reporter at Large: Minihydro," The New Yorker, February 23, 1981
Allow me a further digression: another icon of the London streets is the police box, a blue booth about the size of a telephone box (itself yet another London icon, now utterly inutile).
-- Will Self, "Fare Grounds," New York Times Magazine, November 28, 2012
Inutile comes from the Latin term ūtilis meaning "useful" with the negative prefix in-. It entered English in the 1400s.
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