Re: To utilize or not to utilize

Subject: Re: To utilize or not to utilize
From: John Cornellier <techwr-l -at- cornellier -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 05 Sep 2001 10:59:30 +0200

It's like function vs. functionality:

The function of a screwdriver is to turn screws.
The functionality of a screwdriver could be to open a can of paint, prop open a window, etc.

You use a screwdriver to turn a screw.
You utilize a screwdriver to open a can of paint.

Many people write "utilize" or "functionality" when they should write "use" or "function", because:
a) they think they are synonymous
b) they'd rather use a long word when a short one will do.

John Cornellier


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