Performing the traditional Friday rite

Rebecca Black in concert? Is this even possible? Short answer: yes. It’s going to happen in August, on the Jersey shore. (No, not on a Friday, though.)

On this Friday, which is to say today, RB put in an appearance at VidCon: she wasn’t on the original guest list, but she evidently drew a crowd at some sort of booth.

Rebecca Black at the Part of Me premiere 26 June 2012Earlier in the week, interviewed on the red carpet at the premiere of old pal Katy Perry’s Part of Me, RB allowed that she was “recording an album right now,” and that “it’s a little bit different than what I have put out so far.” Not that she’s going to let any secrets slip at this point in her career.

(Parenthetically: I must grumble here that by the time I turned fifteen, I’d pretty much had the construction “different than” beaten out of me [figuratively, anyway] by a succession of teachers of English, all of whom thought it was a barbarism. Then again, when I turned fifteen, Orange County’s previous superstar, Richard Nixon, had just been elected President. To contemporary kids, this might as well have been in the days of the dinosaur.)

I will, of course, put on my fanboy hat and haunt iTunes until this album actually shows up.

(Here’s the full-sized photo, by Jason Merritt/Getty Images.)


  1. McGehee »

    30 June 2012 · 6:33 am

    I don’t know that I was ever told “different than” was wrong, but it always felt wrong to me whenever I heard it. I think context had taught me “…than” was for comparatives such as “more,” “less,” “dumber” and the like.

    “Different” isn’t a comparative per se because no intrinsic value is imputed. It’s not more, less, better or worse (necessarily), it’s just different. If there’s a value involved, you don’t just say it’s different, you say how. And then you can use “than.”

    Is that how your English teachers taught it?

  2. CGHill »

    30 June 2012 · 10:55 am

    That’s the gist of it; the proper syntax would be “different from.”

    Thus: “it’s a little bit different from what I have put out so far.”

    Web sites of a linguistic bent suggest that this misusage is becoming something close to standard in the States, though it’s still resisted in England.

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