entitlement programs

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12:00 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

OnWords: Do You Have A Sense Of Entitlement?

Calling Social Security an entitlement program implies that those who receive the benefits do not deserve them. - Lael Ewy

The recent history of the word “entitlement” shows how a word’s connotation can take over its existence and taint everything it touches.

As opposed to its denotation, or dictionary definition, a word’s connotation is about the associations we have with a word. In the case of the word entitlement, it’s almost all negative.

The phrase “sense of entitlement” is at fault for this negative connotation.

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