You ever have one of those words that just universally bugs you? By universally I mean it doesn’t matter who says it or when it is used – it just irritates you to hear the word. For me it is the word utilize. Yesterday I saw a posting that said “please utilize the old forms” blah blah blah. There it was staring at me in the face…. then it set my mind off on how much I detest the word. I guess it bugs me because the dictionary plainly says “to make use of.” So why the hell don’t you just say use? Use is only one syllable, utilize is three. I only remember using it once myself (on a cover letter) although I’m sure there were one or two more instances. But because I loathe the word and I didn’t want any other prospective employer looking at my cover letter thinking “why didn’t she say utilize instead of use?”, I changed that entire sentence. Did you know utilize is even a keyword to use on a cover letter? Yup. It is – but I don’t care because I can’t stand the word. Its an impostor that can’t come up with it’s own definition so it decided to pick on use.
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