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October 24, 2019
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My boss always uses "entitled" to refer to a paragraph heading instead of "titled" or "subtitled". A google search and other comments suggest that major dictionaries say both mean the same thing though one normally associates "entitled" with being privileged or having a right to something. I looked up American Heritage Dictionary and Damon is right, they mean the same thing. But most dictionaries define it as a person being entitled to something. The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary defines it as "feeling that you have a right to the good things in life without necessarily having to work for them".
Oh so now I'm getting published. Just wanted to chime in that it is indeed a Southern Black thing that sort of lowers your regard for the person writing or speaking that way. And it has nothing to do with being snobbish or feeling you are better than that person. There are many different tones, accents and adaptations of English around the world but some yardsticks should stay the same. If it is done deliberately rather than out of ignorance, that's different. For example Arundhati Roy in her Booker-winning novel is full of it - spelling, for example "yooseless goose", and describing a barrier at the airport that separates "the Meeters from the Met and the Greeters from the Gret." That is her way of rebelling against the British Colonial rule and the imposition of a foreign language.
My posts are not getting published. They don't reply email either.
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