This evening, while boarding the Metro, the conducter announced "Please utilize all doors of the train. Please utilize all doors of the train."
I thought this was pretty funny, because it was right out of Paul Fussell's book on Class. He says the middle class like to use big words because small words just don't seem important enough. So the conductor misuses the word "utilize" where he meant "use."
But a train conductor job is surely high prole at best, not middle class. Is the conductor trying to affect the manners of the class above him? Or has living in Washington, DC, where our government goes out of its way to use big words, acronyms and the passive voice, infused the conductor with the need to mimic governmentese?