I know it isn't "longcut", although the term is used sometimes, humorously.
How do I correct someone who believes a way to be the shortest route when it is in fact
- a longer route, or
- the longest route.
It's not a shortcut, it's a ______ (preferably single word)
Please note that I'm not looking for a way to paraphrase this. It's just an example sentence. I'm looking for a word that specifically serves as an antonym to shortcut, in this sense and others.
EDIT: Dan's comment below: "I'm struggling to find reasons why one would want longer-than-normal routes. The 'antonym' doesn't seem to make sense", calls for an edit.
Let's say there are two paths: One shortcut and the other, for the lack of a better term, longcut.
You might wish to take the longcut if:
- Someone you like is in the passenger seat and you want it to last as long as possible.
- As Mary pointed out, the shortcut might require you to drive on a hellish road.
- You're a cab driver and want to extract the maximum fare. (It's based on distance travelled here in India.)
- The shortcut is shorter in distance but might take longer to navigate: traffic jams, accidents... any number of reasons.
- You feel like it.