around vs about :

around or about

Lots of people think it’s just nifty to say things like “We’re having ongoing discussions around the proposed merger.” This strikes some of us as irritating jargon. We feel it should be “discussions about” rather than “around.”

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Definitions

  • r  in the area or vicinity
    hanging around
    waited around for the next flight
  • r  by a circular or circuitous route
    He came all the way around the base
    the road goes around the pond
  • r  used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction
    news gets around (or about)
    traveled around in Asia
    he needs advice from someone who's been around
    she sleeps around
  • r  in a circle or circular motion
    The wheels are spinning around
  • r  (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
    weighs around a hundred pounds
  • r  in or to a reversed position or direction
    suddenly she turned around
  • r  to a particular destination either specified or understood
    she came around to see me
    I invited them around for supper
  • r  all around or on all sides
    dirty clothes lying around (or about)
    There were trees growing all around
    she looked around her
  • r  in circumference
    the trunk is ten feet around
    the pond is two miles around
  • r  from beginning to end; throughout
    frigid weather the year around

  • s  on the move
    up and about
  • r  (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
    in just about a minute
    he's about 30 years old
    I've had about all I can stand
    we meet about once a month
  • r  all around or on all sides
    dirty clothes lying around (or about)
    let's look about for help
  • r  in the area or vicinity
    a few spectators standing about
  • r  used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction
    wandering about with no place to go
    people were rushing about
    news gets around (or about)
  • r  in or to a reversed position or direction
    about face
  • r  in rotation or succession
    turn about is fair play
  • r  (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
    the job is (just) about done
News & Articles

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  • Around the region for June 15, 2013
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    June 15, 2013 - The Gainesville Sun

  • About last weekend ...
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    June 17, 2013 - SB Nation
  • Just thinking about money can corrupt you
    Simply thinking about money can trigger people to lie, steal and make unethical decisions, new research shows.
    June 17, 2013 - CNN Money
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    June 17, 2013 - PRWeb