Grammar rant! in Writing & Publishing Posted Wednesday at 01:33 PM · Edited Wednesday at 01:39 PM by Ragamuffin_John Thou ventest well! From ivory tower to the boondocks, I hear “compared to” being used to pose two different ideas, things, etc. So wait: different things are similar? “In contrast to” should be used. But, I sense we think “contrast” is Thurston Howell III usage. And (picky me) there’s the phrase “swell down”. Might as well say “Inflate down”. This is the real Deflategate. And you can bring that to the bank!