Is a book titled or entitled?
Reader’s question: Which should you say?
The book is titled …
The book is entitled …
Answer: Based on dictionary definitions, you can use either. The Macquarie Dictionary gives one definition of entitled as ‘to call by a particular title or name; name’.
Not everyone agrees. Some people think you should use entitled to mean ‘given a title, claim or right to something’ and titled for titles.
For instance, Daily Writing Tips says:
‘If something is “titled” it means that it received such a title, either by the author or by someone else.
‘Entitled, on the other hand, means that a person has rights to something. If you are entitled to a house, for instance, it means that the law protects your right to own that house.’
If in doubt, why not change the word?
The book is called … (This is my preference.)
Or just give the book title:
The book, Gone with the Wind, …
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