Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tricky Words (Part 3 of 8)

What's the difference between titled and entitled?

Two decades ago we used entitled in sentences such as "This is from the book entitled . . ." Today the word titled is enough and means it's the name of a book or a play.

Entitled now carries a restricted use that means a right to have something or a claim: I worked harder than anyone else, so I am entitled to the biggest portion.

Entitled implies deserving or a right protected by law: As the older sibling, I'm entitled to (I deserve) more of the inheritance. Despite that, my father says I'll receive one-third. That is, one-third is my lawful portion.

English keeps changing,
and I grow with the changes.

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