So why do I despise it?
Because 99% of the time the word use gets the job done more concisely, economically and accurately than utilize. Utilize, which is often misused in copy and conversation, is inflated and fluffy. Use means to employ an object for an intended purpose. Utilize means to employ an object for an unintended purpose. Each word has a distinct meaning, yet most people incorrectly use them interchangeably.
So if you use the word utilize correctly, I’ll cut you some slack. Otherwise, I’ll remove it with the precision of a Samurai sword and I bet you won’t even miss it.
Utilize or use? Which do you use and why?