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    Smile entitled?

    "People who publicly struggle with work-life balance problems and continually turn to the company for help get pigeon-holed as ambivalent, entitled, uncommitted, or incompetent or all of the above."
    What does "entitled" here mean?

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    When someone is "entitled" they feel that the company, or the government, or the world owes them. That they deserve certain compensations simply because of circumstance. For example, some working mothers feel that they are entitled to have extra time off from work simply by virtue of the fact that they have children, and they need to drive them to soccer practice, or pick them up from daycare, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahaha View Post
    "People who publicly struggle with work-life balance problems and continually turn to the company for help get pigeon-holed as ambivalent, entitled, uncommitted, or incompetent or all of the above."
    What does "entitled" here mean?
    I can see what could be confusing about this sentence:

    People get pigeon-holed [because other people think] they are ambivalent
    People get pigeon-holed [because other people think] they are uncommitted
    People get pigeon-holed [because other people think] they are incompetent


    But

    They get pigeon-holed because they themselves think they have entitlements that other people disagree with

    I think the writer of this sentence has unwittingly flipped points of view because of a mistaken view that entitled is an adjective that intrinsically expresses disapproval. I think it's a badly-written sentence. I would encourage my students only to use entitled to when they express the object, or to use a bare entitled if the context has made that object clear:

    I was entitled to be there.

    But:

    What are you doing here?
    I'm entitled.



    Quote Originally Posted by wahaha View Post
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    I would like to thank BobK again to reply for my question about geround!!
    You're most welcome

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