There are many ways in the English language of describing something which is useless – “as useless as a chocolate teapot” is one of the more common terms, and needs no explanation. Perhaps it is surprising to find that many teapots are almost completely useless because they don’t pour properly, and splash tea everywhere. I’m not being picky or overly sensitive when I say this – they are utterly useless, and there is no way in which anyone would knowingly buy such a teapot.
[Image courtesy of Sophisticup.com. Note – no criticism of this particular teapot is implied by its appearance in this blog, nor should be inferred. It was selected as a “generic” teapot. Whilst I could reasonably expect it to function properly, I have no way of knowing whether or not it does – without trying it first…]