Three times in the past week or so I came across somebody writing "sooner than later" when what they obviously meant was "sooner rather than later." The first time I saw it, I thought it was a typo. The second time was by the same writer, and I realized he was doing it deliberately. So I thought it was just a quirk of this cat; then I saw it again by someone else.
I'm not against change, but "sooner than later" doesn't even make sense. How did it become accepted practice to drop the "RATHER"?