You’re entitled; a book is titled

This sentence from an Associated Press report of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s piano performance at a concert for ailing singer Charity Sunshine illustrates a common difference in usage: On Saturday, in a concert entitled, “An Evening of Music, Friendship and Awareness” and hosted by [Rep. Tom] Lantos, she drew the secretary of state to play selections by Verdi, Mozart and Jerome Kern.

Although the dictionary lists one definition of “entitle” as “to give a title or name,” stylebooks and usage guides say that a literary work or a show is “titled.” “Entitle” is used to mean “to give a right to.”

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