February 26, 2003

Not Vaguely Right: Exactly Right

One of those moments at which Vaguely Right is exactly right and totally correct:

Vaguely Right * In the spirit of Shorter Steven Den Beste

Vaguely Right Blog presents...

Shorter Everyone:

  • I am annoyed and/or bewildered by people who think differently than I do.

Posted by DeLong at February 26, 2003 12:59 PM | TrackBack


To have been "exactly right", surely Vaguely Right would have said "different *from*"? I try to be permissive about grammar, but "different than" sets my teeth on edge every time. Different things are just different, there's not necessarily any comparison possible between them of the kind implied by "than".

Posted by: dsquared on February 26, 2003 01:12 PM

You're right, of course. I should amend it to say that I am annoyed by people who talk diffrently from me as well.

Posted by: vaguely right on February 26, 2003 08:33 PM

Summarized more succinctly on a bumper sticker I saw the other day: "People who think they know everything really annoy those of us who do."

Posted by: Frank McGee on March 1, 2003 07:49 PM
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