There has been lots of attention recently on the talks in Paris concerned with global warming and one area we always talk about is how to recycle our rubbish.
Sometimes “rubbish” is also used to describe work we might have done or written. Obviously not what you want to hear but there are many ways to describe what we produce or what we do for work.
We do not always produce wonderful work so here are some of the English words and phrases related to bad work.
English words and phrases related to bad work
LOAD OF RUBBISH: Usually lets you know quite quickly that you have not produced your best effort!
He spent several days writing his draft report but his boss did not like it and asked him to start again and dump this load of rubbish!
WASTE OF TIME: We often spend time researching a topic but either get nowhere or spend time chasing dead ends.
I spent two days surfing the net looking for more information on my project.It was such a waste of time as I couldn’t find any new information.
GARBAGE: An American English word meaning rubbish and used in the exact same way.
Please leave my office and take that garbage report with you.
WORTHLESS: When something or somebody has no real value.
He found a shiny stone in the river. He thought it was a diamond. It was only glass and absolutely worthless.
Be careful as not every word using a suffix –less means it has no value. Priceless actually means the opposite. A priceless painting is so valuable you cannot guess its value.
POINTLESS: We use this when explaining that there is no point in continuing some work as there will be no result.
It is pointless trying to open that door because you have got the wrong keys.
USELESS or NO USE: Again a word and phrase which explains that something does not work or indeed to describe someone who is not suitable for a job.
That bottle open is useless (or of no use) because the handle is broken.
That new guy who started last week is useless (no use) as he has never worked in a hospital before.
As you probably have guessed, these English words and phrases can only be used in informal English, when you are talking to friends or to relatives. In business English communication we use formal phrases for providing negative feedback or constructive criticism.