[Ads-l] Resurrection of "different to" by Brexit Remainer Londoners?

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 5 17:23:24 UTC 2016

No resurrection needed, as "different to" has been common in British
English for quite a while. See Lynne Murphy and Ben Yagoda:


On Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 1:05 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:

> "Being here shows that you're no different to each other," said Ms. Bahia
> [Sing], an accountant whose parents are Indian, by way of Malaysia.
> "If Scotland gets to make its own laws to reflect its own unique politics,
> why not the capital?" he [James O'Malley, a freelance writer in London]
> wrote.  "We all know -- and the referendum made clear -- that London has
> very different politics to the rest of the country."
> "Britain's Vote Upsets Londoners Who Find Harmony in a Cultural
> Cacophony", Sarah Lyall, NYTimes, Monday July 4, 2016, A4 (New England
> Edition).
> The OED, under "to, prep., conj., and adv.", A.21.a., said in 1921 "after
> different, from is considered more correct."

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