Different From or Different To?

There’s a Polident commercial on TV where some dentist keeps talking about how “dentures are different to regular teeth” that’s been driving me crazy lately. What is it about this sentence that’s rubbing me the wrong way?  I think it’s because I want him to say “dentures are different from regular teeth.”

So, like every good researcher, I did a quick Google search to see what the experts have to say about this. According to the Oxford Dictionary, they see little to no difference between using from, to, or than in this context, but I beg to differ. So it got me thinking about why I felt this way. Was there some kind of cognitive dissonance I was trying to overcome in justifying saying things are different to one another? Well, yes!

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