Use and utilize - Mixed messages and misused words from A to Z
Wordiness runs rampant in the English language, particularly in written communication. As writers, do we honestly believe we will impress readers by employing extra words?
Use and utilize offer a prime example of the contrast between simplicity and excess. Both words basically mean the same thing. And each may be correctly inserted in the other’s spot.
Leonardo da Vinci said this about art:
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Isn’t good writing an art as well? If so, why do we make it harder than it needs to be?
Compare these three sentences for simplicity and readership.
- Sam wants to use the blue bike for the triathlon on Saturday.
- Sam wants to utilize the blue bike for the triathlon on Saturday.
- Sam wants to make use of the blue bike for the triathlon on Saturday.
Which is clearer?
Why not use that model?
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