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May 8, 2014
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"Different than" has recently been bugging me. I do not know why this suddenly cropped up in my mind as something else to be annoyed about!
Every time I hear "Different than" in someone's speech, I quietly replace it in my mind with "Different from," and it always sounds better.
I discovered this site "Pain in the English" while Googling this "different from/than," issue—and now I've joined it!!
I'd like to see more comments on this. When I searched Different from or Different than, nothing came up. Then I looked up "Different than" and it got me here.
Age 73, me, here—I'm sure that "I couldn't care less." was the only expression around in the (my) olden days.
Somewhere, and I have no idea when, I found mySELF saying "I could care less." and noticed that others were saying it, too. I thought it sounded more "cool" in way to say "I could care less," but ever since I noticed that it doesn't mean "I couldn't care less.", it has annoyed me.
I will never be able to accept, "She graduated high school." NEVER!
Born in 1941, I grew up hearing "graduated from high school." I think "was graduated from high school" was still in use but was fading out.
As I was pondering, once again, this obnoxious change from "graduated from high school" to "graduated high school," I did realize that "was graduated from high school" (thanks "Jane") was probably the original way of saying it.
P.S. I just discovered this "Pain in the English" site. Yay!!
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