One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘it was useless to try’
futile, pointless, purposeless, impractical, vain, in vain, to no purpose, to no avail, unavailing, bootless, nugatory, hopeless, unusable, ineffectual, inefficacious, impotent, fruitless, unprofitable, profitless, unproductive, unachievable, Sisyphean
unworkable, broken, kaput, unserviceable
2‘he was useless at his job’
incompetent, ineffective, worthless, ineffectual, incapable, inept, inadequate, hopeless, weak, bad, no good
bum, a dead loss
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