This is tough...and exceedingly slippery; it's the sort of question where no matter what I say, someone will pop in and say, "Oh yeah? Well what about this, that, and the other thing?" So be it.Laugh at VS Laugh about
What's the difference in meaning, context, etc?
When would you use one or the other ?
Here's my gut feeling:
* If the object is a person or group of people, we tend to say laugh at.
* If the the object is a situation, we tend to say laugh about.
* In reference to a joke, we tend to say laugh at.
* In reference to something recalled, we tend to say laugh about.
* In reference to something that has just occurred, we tend to say laugh at.
You could fill a rather sizable book with exceptions to each of the above, however.
Very nearly so, with a few possible exceptions.Are they interchangeable ?
Both are commonly used.which one is the most Common in THE UNITED STATES?
No, you didn't.Did I just make up a new verb LOL
Here is how I would complete your examples:
The little girl was laughing at me because I was wearing my T-shirt backwards.
Everybody was laughing at the joke I'd just told. (NOT said!)
I was sarcastically laughing about having to work tomorrow morning after staying up all night clubbing.
We remembered an old joke and then we laughed at it. (Past tense sounds more natural here.)
The last one is a good example of the slippery nature of this, and one reason why there are so many exceptions. We generally laugh about something we remember, but we laugh at a joke. Well, what if you remember a joke? People might say either one. I chose at. Others may choose about.
And so it goes.
Hope this helps.
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