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  1. Leonard Haid Minimalist Living the Illusory Dream

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    MMA announcers are very fond of the word "utilize", as in something like "he needs to utilize his wrestling more". Big John loves that word. Can someone explain to me the difference between "utilize" and "use"? Why can't they just say "use"?
     
  2. elwani Instigate, dominate, annihilate

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    Why not just say “they should wrestle more”
     
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  3. Herwald Black Belt

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    "Utilize" is better if you have a lisp.
     
  4. KingBeef Black Belt

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    Did someone say "use" ???

    <JonesLaugh>
     
  5. Hespectfully Red Belt Platinum Member

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    Big words make you sound more smarter
     
  6. AmericanMMA Brown Belt

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    Because Interlocking Fish Smash Utilization sounds awesome.
     
  7. Newtieg Brown Belt

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    Utilize means to use something beyond its intended use in an innovative manner.

    He utilizes his wrestling to setup his striking. But, he uses his wrestling to take down his opponent.
     
  8. Elephino Orange Belt

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    Although they have the same basic denotation, they have different connotations.
    They both mean to use something but utilize means/implies to use something in the best way possible, either effectively, efficiently, or in an innovative way.
     
  9. FIGHTING TALK Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Why can I only like this once? Come on sherdog it’s 2021
     
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    everyone uses utilize. it implies whats being used is a utility.
     
  12. EndlessCritic Steel Belt

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    "Utilize" is a useless word.
     
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  13. Leonard Haid Minimalist Living the Illusory Dream

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    Some pretty good explanations for its use, I mean utilization, on here though.
     
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    Depending on context they can have slightly different connotations. Utilize usually implies you're using something for a particular purpose, in a practical, effective or profitable way. "I'm using the computer" / "I'm utilizing the computer", the second sentence has the slight connotation that you're using the computer for some sort of particularly profitable end, while the first one is more general.

    A lot of the time both words are simply synonyms. In you example in the OP, you could use either word and the sentence would convey pretty much the exact same meaning, I don't know why you're assuming they can't say "use". I've seen people say that utilize should be reserved for innovative uses, or previously undiscovered uses of a particular thing. That would mean the sentence in the OP is wrong and "use" is more correct in that context. This doesn't really align with a lot of the usage of the word that I've seen, and neither with the dictionary definitions that I can find. It seems people are divided on that on different websites.

    Then again, I'm just a Sherlinguist.

    Now let's discuss why Rogan says "preposterous" so much.
     
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    because Mike Tyson took ludicrous?
     
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    utilize makes you sound smarter.

    they like using the word 'implement' alot too. "I agree DC he's not doing a good job of implementing his gameplan, everytime he does X his opponent does Y"
     
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  18. ShtickandMove Yellow Belt

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    Excellent explanation.
     
  19. Grayto White Belt

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    Because they're cunts.


    I do editing for a journal, and their guidelines specifically say change "utilize" to "use" cause it's a shit word to use 99% of the time.

    There are occasions where "utitlization/utilized" is warranted. In essence, when you are making something into a tool for use, usually outside of its normal context (vs applying a tool for its intended us),. But it's also used as like a metric to show how much a service is being exploited by people (eg, health care utilization).

    So saying "utilizing your wrestling" is retarded, because they mean take the fucker down, as is the inherent aim of wresting
     
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    Dang I feel smarter
     
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