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Write the Right Word: Titled vs. Entitled

If you’ve read an article about an upcoming workshop, you may have seen a sentence such as this: “The keynote speaker is giving a presentation entitled “Sustainable Agriculture.”

Unfortunately, whoever edited the article wasn’t paying attention. “Entitled” is the wrong word choice. “Entitled” means having a right or claim to something. For example, “He is entitled to three more days of vacation.”

It also can mean to confer a title on a person. “Queen Elizabeth entitled the man as a knight.”

Instead, use “titled” before the name of a book, lecture, speech, poem or event. For example: “The book left on the table was titled ‘Gone With the Wind.’”

Better yet, avoid the extra words and simply say, “The book left on the table was “Gone With the Wind.’”

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