Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Fri Aug 20 12:21:36 UTC 2010

Xactly. "Entitled air travelers" means "air travelers who reckon
they're entitled." And from the New York Daily News: "I believe that
they've done it, consciously or not, because of far more than the fact
that we've all had to put up with irate, entitled airline passengers."



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On Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 5:04 AM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at gmail.com> wrote:

> I think Ben's missing Paul's point. As I read his post, Paul's not talking
> about the deletion of the complement, but about the semantic shift from
> "being entitled" to "feeling entitled". The columnist who wrote the
> paragraph about tantrums that Paul quotes clearly doesn't believe that the
> air travelers in question necessarily *are* entitled to (whatever), but
> rather that they *feel* entitled to it.

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