maitani » posted to maitani and linguistics
According to the English lessons I received in school, the use of the preposition "about" is required in many contexts, concerning the topic of a conversation, a sentence, thoughts etc. But on the internet I have mostly encountered "on" instead. Could that be due to a case of language change, or just to a difference between British and American English?
Never noticed a UK/US divide on this particular issue myself. I always thought it was more of an issue of academic jargon seeping into the daily language, rendering the two almost entirely interchangeable? To my ears, using "on" implies a slightly more focused, serious, knowledgeable talk while "about" would go better with an informal, potentially meandering one. You seldom see a book "about" Kantian ethics, for instance, it's almost always "on". ‎- Faruk Ahmet