Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Thu Aug 19 06:07:48 UTC 2010

When did "entitled" take on the meaning of "who think they're entitled
(to something or other)"? I've heard of a "sense of entitlement" but I
don't think I'd noticed this meaning of "entitled":

"I’m not talking about the tantrums we see most often these days, on
the sidelines of youth sports games or the confines of reality TV.
(It’s hard to call the latter ones true tantrums, since you can
practically hear the producers whispering stage directions.) And I’m
certainly not talking about the outbursts we’ve all seen from entitled
air travelers."

>From a column in the Boston Globe (which I also saw in the
International Herald Tribune),


Paul Frank
German, French, Italian > English
Huémoz, Aigle, Neuchâtel - Switzerland
paulfrank at post.harvard.edu
paul.frank at bfs.admin.ch

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

More information about the Ads-l mailing list