Date: Tue, 15 Oct 1996 11:10:34 -0500


Subject: "in difference to" -Reply

I wonder if part of its history is a failure to understand, and metanalysis

of, the phrase "one's indifference to X".

Mark A. Mandel : mark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

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Gregory Pulliam gpulliam[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CHARLIE.CNS.IIT.EDU 1014.1004

Yesterday on the ALCS broadcast on NBC Bob Uecker several times

used the phrase "in difference to" in the same position in which "as

opposed to" might have been used. For example, he said something like

"I think Torre's gonna bunt here, in difference to Johnson's hit-and-run

move in the 3rd."

Uecker did this at least three times in yesterday's game, and has said the

phrase at other times during other games--I thought I had heard him say

"in deference to" on the previous occassions.

Is this a standard usage I just haven't heard, or a regional usage, or is it

idiosyncratic--a confusion of _difference/deference_ in the "in ____ to"


Greg Pulliam

Greg Pulliam gpulliam[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

Illinois Institute of Technology