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Old 10-06-2013, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Nesconset, NY
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I use "use" unless it's for an unintended use but it seems everyone stopped using "use" and only utilizes "utilize". Is this supposed to make one sound smarter, more technical, or something?

I used the screwdriver to screw in the screw.
I utilized the screwdriver to pry open the paint can.

I used the pen to write a letter.
I utilized the pen to make a hole in the paper.

Isn't this how it's supposed to be?
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:48 AM
 
Location: USA
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Everyone stopped using a word? Everyone? Wow!
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Old 10-06-2013, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Nobody drives a car on Judge Judy. Only a vehicle.
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Old 10-06-2013, 03:34 PM
 
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Nobody drives a car on Judge Judy.
Isn't that a good thing?
Otherwise, she would probably be injured or killed.

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Old 10-06-2013, 03:59 PM
 
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If there is a woman jockey at the races, she's my bet.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:13 PM
 
Location: New England
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"Utilize" is why I hated my 7th grade science teacher, loooong ago. Everything was utilize, not use. I did think at the time that he was trying to sound superior and was talking down to us. "Now this experiment will UTILIZE the two minerals that........." U-S-E.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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I use "use."
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Nesconset, NY
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Everyone stopped using a word? Everyone? Wow!
"...it seems..."

indicates a preponderance; not an absolute
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:39 PM
 
Location: In the land of cotton
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I had to employ a screwdriver to remove the door panel.
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Old 12-14-2013, 03:28 AM
 
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I had to employ a screwdriver to remove the door panel.
Sounds to me very " military" (employ).
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