Friday, August 06, 2010

I hate "utilize"

One of the beauties of English is that it is an easy language in which to communicate. Since it typically has words with the same or similar meaning with Latinate or Anglo-Saxon roots, we have a choice. If we want to obfuscate, we can use the Latin word or if we want to be really clear, we can use the Anglo-Saxon one. We can inflame passions, or we can fire people up. It is often the mark of the somewhat, but not to literate to use long words when short words would be better. Announcements on aircraft are classics of the type. An example which is often found is use of the word "utilize," when "use" is easier, simpler and easier to understand.Perhaps some people would rather trade in good communications for the illusion of erudition.

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