Tuesday, March 1, 2011

60-Second Syntax: Entitled vs. Titled

60-Second Syntax is a quick look at some common mistakes in writing. Please note: Different editors may follow different styles and rules.

Entitled and titled are two words that are often used interchangeably these days when it comes to naming a piece of work. However, it is grammatically incorrect to say “The book is entitled Huh.”

By definition:

Titled means named.
Example: The book is titled “Huh.”

Entitled means the right or claim to something, to bestow a title on.
Examples: Americans are entitled to a fair trial.
The Queen entitled him Sir Anthony Hopkins.


Although entitled does mean to give a title to something, it does not mean the title itself.

Here’s a little sentence to help keep the preferred uses clear in the future:

As the author, Sam felt he was entitled to title his book Huh.