[linux-elitists] Linux Consultants Lunch Thurs, June 19th
Karsten M. Self
Wed Jun 18 07:29:02 PDT 2003
on Tue, Jun 17, 2003 at 11:44:09PM -0700, Nick Moffitt (email@example.com) wrote:
> begin Alan DuBoff quotation:
> > One reason we hold it at Turmerik is that it's close to public
> > transportaion, and some people utilize that.
> "utility" is the noun form of an existing verb, "to use".
Incorrect. It's a noun from old English, utilite, Latin, utilitas,
"Utilize" is derived from French, utiliser, meaning to use. GCIDE gives
the definition: To make useful; to turn to a profitable account or use.
> It doesn't need to be transformed BACK into a verb via some ridiculous
> means. "utilize" and "utilization" should be striken from the
> language and replaced outright with "use" (pronounced according to
While the etymology is incorrect, the usage not is valid. Using $0.75
words where a $0.25 option is available, is poor economy, without
affording the high-sheen patina that a suitable $5 word might convey.
Karsten M. Self <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
What Part of "Gestalt" don't you understand?
SCO is the thief who puts a gun to his own head and says give me
your money or I'll shoot.
-- Bruce Perens http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=56225&&cid=5456337
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