Entitled vs. Titled

There are many things that we take for granted when it comes to the English language. This is even truer for us bloggers, I suppose. Perhaps many do not really pay attention to grammar and word usage when writing for blogs but we should all realize that these things are just as important as the idea of our posts.

Yesterday, I was talking to a colleague who was evaluating a report of one of their employees. She was surprised to see the line “The article is titled so and so” so we went ahead and looked it up. We normally used “entitled” when referring to articles or books. For example, “I read a book entitled so and so.” So which is right?

Apparently, titled is the more appropriate word! Here’s one resource that I saw:

Such items are TITLED, not ENTITLED. Entitled means you have the right to do something or that you’re owed something. It has nothing to do with the names of things. Got it?

EXAMPLE: The book is titled, “1,001 Things That Piss Me Off.”
EXAMPLE: You’re entitled to an old-fashioned bat-beating.

See the difference? You may be entitled to use the wrong words for the wrong situations, but I’m entitled to a) either ignore your writing from that point on or b) start posting your material as is and making fun of it.

Get it? I am changing my word usage from now on.

Originally posted on June 28, 2008 @ 3:31 am