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Wed Jun 18 09:38:56 PDT 2003
"Karsten M. Self" <email@example.com> writes:
> 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.
I'd go a bit farther than that, and say that utilize has a slightly
different connotation than use. Utilize is more appropriate when the
useful property is unexpected or counter-intuitive. I.e., using
"utilize" suggests that the thing being used isn't normally useful, or
at least isn't useful in this particular way. Note the definition you
> To make useful; to turn to a profitable account or use.
So using utilize in place of use isn't just tacky, it's incorrect.
Of course, good luck trying to use the word correctly; no one will
understand you. They'll just think you're being pretentious.
Jeremy Hankins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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