I hate "utilize". People say it instead of "use" because it sounds all big n'stuff. "Utilize" means to use something in a way in which it was not intended- if you take a butter knife and utilize it as a screwdriver, for example. MacGyver utilized the heck out of all kinds of stuff. Your average Mr. Bighead Suit does not utilize anything.
Originally Posted by bergasaurus
That's not totally true - utilize can mean to put to practical or profitable use, so in a corporate setting often 'utilize' is the correct word to use.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utilize
I haven't got the slightest idea how to change people, but I still keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.