The White Elephant2015
By Amelia Meyer
The English language regularly makes use of the “white elephant" to describe something that, although perhaps valuable, serves no real purpose. Because of its value (whether financial or sentimental), these objects are difficult to dispose of.
This means that it becomes a financial burden to maintain. The Montréal-Mirabel International Airport is a good example of such an object. It is North America’s largest airport, yet does not act as a passenger port at all, making it an almost redundant resource. So, the term basically means “more trouble than it’s worth".