speaking of someone/something

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“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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As a recognised collocation, it always uses "of". In BrE, it's "Talking of ...".
 

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

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Do you say "speaking about someone/something" to mean "speaking of someone/something"?

About doesn't work here.
 
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