Posted By P & L Blog

Recently I've noticed that people are saying "utilize" in cases where "use" would do just fine.  It drives me crazy, but I must be in the minority: a Google search of "how to utilize" returned more than 59 million results.  I'm trying to figure out why this started while I practice selective deafness.  My guess is that the people who use "utilize"  think they sound more intelligent, but it has the opposite effect on me.

Is there is a particular word or phrase that bothers you? Check out "'Equation', 'Gingerly' and Other Linguistic Pet Peeves" on NPR and please share your peeves in the comments section below.


2 Comment(s):
Janine said...
I had never heard this but I agree with you. It's another example of people being pretentious.
March 9, 2010 12:25:15
Lynn Williams said...
When did we quit using the preposition "from" when describing how a student graduates high school/college? I continue to believe students graduate from a program of study. They don't graduate that program. This is my pet peeve. Right or wrong?
March 9, 2010 12:18:41
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