Utilize

All the way back in the 1940s, George Orwell blew the whistle on this pretentious word in his classic essay "Politics and the English Language." Orwell advised writers to get over themselves and go with use. But use is so humble, so mundane, whereas utilize really sounds like something. Bureaucrats in particular love to use utilize.



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