Date: Wed, 22 Feb 1995 17:59:06 -0500
From: "Cathy C. Bodin" cbodin[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSMARY.EDU
Subject: Re: "different than"
A general query:
Can anyone provide a chronology of "different than" in American English?
I have observed it to be highly geographical and chronological: few
over 50, at least in the mid-Atlantic, and fewer Southerners yet would
say anything but "different from," on the model of the verbal expression
"this differs from that."
I thought James Baldwin's "Go Tell It On The Mountain" (1950?)
contained the earliest printed mention of "different than" but later
found an earlier work, whose name I can't remember.
Can anyone shed some light? --Cathy Bodin cbodin[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]msmary.edu