One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Lack of practical usefulness; uselessness.
1US. Designating or relating to a company other than a public utility; specifically (a) of or relating to power generation other than for public use; (b) of or relating to power generation by a privately owned company as opposed to a public utility.
2Not merely functional; specifically (during and following the Second World War, 1939–45), designating clothes and household goods of better than utility quality.
Late 18th century. From non- + utility.
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