Why not utilise use?

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Choosing a word with extra syllables seems like a kind of one-upmanship over drab, simpler words like: use; and do. Is this a form of snobbery even more unbecoming than non-standard, corporate English? Such marked words display a kind of vanity that doesn’t add much value. Let’s look at utilise. Taking the definitions from Wictionery: […]

The online society as a language group?

I was recently asked a very interesting question via formspring. An anonymous person asked me: I think the ability to “filter” — to absorb information from many sources and produce a useful result, quickly — is what really defines the “digital native.” Your thoughts? Below is my response. I’d be interested in what you think. […]