Category: Words to Lose

Words to lose: utilize

utilize |ˈyoōtlˌīz|

verb [ trans. ]
make practical and effective use of : vitamin C helps your body utilize the iron present in your diet.

To improve your writing, strike the verb “utilize” from your vocabulary. If it were a person, it would be a self-important snob, a loud-mouth schnook. Instead, try “use.” It’s unobtrusive. It doesn’t call unnecessary attention to itself, it doesn’t distract your reader from your ideas and most importantly, it gets the job done.