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Entitled vs. Titled

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There is a lot of information floating around about these two words. Are they both the same? Is one wrong to use? Is one more preferred than the other? There’s no need to worry, however. Once you know the functions of each word, using entitled vs. titled is easy.

Today I want to talk about the difference between these two words, how they should be used in a sentence. After reading this post, you should have a clear understanding on how to use both of these words, and you can decide how to use them in your future writings.

Origin:

Entitled originated from late Middle English (formerly also as intitle ): via Old French from late Latin intitulare, from in- ‘in’ + Latin titulus ‘title’. Title originated from Old English titul, reinforced by Old French title, both from Latin titulus ‘inscription, title’. The word originally denoted a placard or inscription placed on an object, giving information about it, hence a descriptive heading in a book or other composition.

Entitled as adjective:

Entitled is used as an adjective where it means believing oneself to be inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment.

Kids who feel so entitled and think the world will revolve around them.

Entitled as verb:

Entitled is also used as a verb which means to give (someone) a legal right or a just claim to receive or do something.

Employees are normally entitled to redundancy pay.

Entitled also means to give someone or something a particular title.

A satire entitled ‘The Rise of the Meritocracy”.

Titled as adjective:

Titled is used as an adjective which means of a person having a title indicating high social or official rank.

Many titled guests were always invited to the party.

Examples:

The titled Aristocracy being the choosers, we may in practice reject the two last Classes of Eligibles, as they would scarcely ever be resorted to. [Pamphlets for the People (1835)]

With such triumphs of aerial architecture did Mrs Nickleby occupy the whole evening after her accidental introduction to Ralph’s titled friends. [The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby, Charles Dickens (1839)]

Returning with her to the principal room, where a titled lady sat ensconced in the corner of a sofa, he rudely pushed her aside with the words: “Get out of the way, fat cow.” [Art and Life (1918)]

Six years ago, The Times’ editorial board wrote a piece titled “The Math of the Market,” which argued that there was something special about having at least four companies competing in every segment. [Los Angeles Times]

The talent hunt, titled Scene Stealers, asked amateur film-makers to borrow from Film 4 productions over the years. [Guardian]

In a new e-book, titled How to Survive in a Recession, Mr. Thug (née Stayve Jerome Thomas) doles out forthright financial advice. [Globe and Mail]

Titled Ecce Homo (Behold the Man), the original was painted in oil in 1910 directly onto a column in the Iglesia del Santuario de Misericordia church in Borja, northeastern Spain.[News.com.au]

Entitled or titled:

Entitled has two definitions. The first and more common use is “to furnish with a right or claim to something.” The second sense of entitled is “to give a name or title to.” Titled is the past tense of the transitive verb title. It is defined as “to give a name or title to.”

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