Stop Using the Word "Utilize"

I love this.  Using the word "Utilize" in place of the word "use" just comes across as pretentious I have a friend who is an author and gave a similar piece of advise about the word “that”. He recommended proofing with an eye for this word before publishing. I could not believe how many times I found it in a 3000 word article.

I’ll be looking for “utilize” from now on too.  Also, I need to write more. 

Thanks!