Utility, futility

Jeanne Yocum, public relations practitioner, suggests:

If a lowly PR person can be allowed in here: When/why did “utilize” become preferable to the simpler and…..errrr….highly useful “use?”

A pox on whoever started this nonsense.

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  1. If I recall right, in _A Sun Also Rises_, Jake Barnes and a friend talk about the word “utilize” on a fishing trip. I think (memory a little fuzzy) Jake says he likes Menkin but he uses the word “utilize” a little too much. The characters end up joking around, using the word “utilize” about the bottle they’re drinking, “utilize some of this”, glug glug.