Re: To utilize or not to utilize

Subject: Re: To utilize or not to utilize
From: Annamaria Profit <inteltek2 -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2001 14:14:32 -0400

"Utilize" drives me crazy. What is it with corp types that they just can't use direct language? I usually go through and do a universal find and replace. Another pet peeve is this regional impulse to attach a preposition to every verb! They can't just say "Join", they have to say "on joining", etc, then dangle it out there like a vagrant participle. They blame it on "government speak"--so I downloaded a really well written current govt doc and passed it around, and they ignored the hint! Makes me wanna grab my crotch and say "on this"! ; )

At 11:06 AM 9/4/01 -0700, Bruce Byfield wrote:

Upcoming wrangle with my PM over the phrase "Bandwidth Utilization". I
maintain that "Use" or "Usage" would be more consistent with proper English,
*and* save our GUI developer space on his page.

In this case, I can think of two reasons to prefer "use":

1.) People process shorter words faster than long ones.

2.) It saves space (as you say) without changing the meaning.
Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com

Annamaria Profit
CI Services: Business Communications for the Next Millennium
E-mail: inteltek2 -at- earthlink -dot- net


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