Are you entitled to an extra “en”?

If you’re writing about a book’s title, do you use entitled or titled? The two words are often used interchangeably in this context. “Entitled” sounds more formal, but formality does not always translate to better writing. In this case, you’re simply using more characters to say the same thing. “Titled” is perfectly understandable and more precise. (“Entitled” has other meanings that you’re surely familiar with.)

So while you might be entitled to say or write what you want, we recommend simply going with “titled.”

A screenshot of a message from Stylebot on Slack that reads: "Entitled" and "titled" are often used interchangeably in a sentence such as, "The book is entitled 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'" However, you don't need that extra "en"; "titled" works just fine.

If you use “entitled” when referring to titles and plan to stick with it, reply and tell us why you feel ~entitled~ to do so.

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