Date: Wed, 22 Feb 1995 17:59:06 -0500 From: "Cathy C. Bodin" 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]