Eliminate “Utilization”, etc.

One of my favorite grammar books is Mightier than the Sword by C. Edward Good. I can’t remember how I found it, but I’ve had it for a long time.

Mightier than the Sword

The author recommends using clear, concise language to communicate plainly. As an example, he says we can completely eliminate the words “utilize” and “utilization”, using “use” instead. The meaning is identical, and the only reason people use the longer word is to sound fancy and feel superior that they’re using a five-syllable word.  I think he’s right, and I like this example, because it perfectly illustrates the point.

3 Responses to “Eliminate “Utilization”, etc.”

  1. Dan Yim Says:

    Hey, I like the way you designed your “comments” page. It’s easy to utilize.

  2. Brian Pedigo Says:

    FYI: the quotes in the title of your article don’t load right in RSS because they’re “fancy quotes”

  3. wintervssummer Says:

    I very much love summer :)
    Someone very much loves winter :(
    I Wish to know whom more :)
    For what you love winter?
    For what you love summer? Let’s argue :)

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