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    #1

    speaking of someone/something

    “Speaking of Joe, did you know his daughter graduated high school?”

    “Speaking of cats, my friend is looking to adopt a kitten.”

    We use “speaking of” to introduce a new topic that is related to something that has been mentioned. If the conversation turns to movies, you could say, “Speaking of movies, do you want to see the new superhero film this weekend?” If nobody has said anything about movies, then nobody was “speaking of movies”.
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    Do you say "speaking about someone/something" to mean "speaking of someone/something"?

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    #2

    Re: speaking of someone/something

    As a recognised collocation, it always uses "of". In BrE, it's "Talking of ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: speaking of someone/something

    Is "talking of ..." common in American English?

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    Re: speaking of someone/something

    Quote Originally Posted by Saki6 View Post
    Is "talking of ..." common in American English?
    No. We say "speaking of".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: speaking of someone/something

    Quote Originally Posted by Saki6 View Post
    Do you say "speaking about someone/something" to mean "speaking of someone/something"?
    About doesn't work here.

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