(I had a quick search here but couldn’t see this as a topic already, apologies if it is...)
It’s now pretty standard to hear on the news that:
The students were protesting the latest increases in their annual course costs.
On other forums I read, it seems this is the educated RightPondian way of using the verb, with no recourse to the now old-fashioned (?) preposition ‘about’. I say ‘educated’ as I do still see it in rants from less ‘wordy’ folk.
I kind of presume this is a LeftPondianism?
I would be delighted to hear if this is true from Left of Pond, and even more delirious to hear if anyone knows when it started being used on the Right of the Pond in this way, i.e. without the ‘about’ before the object.
I still couldn’t say it out loud myself but might just write it at a pinch if amongst others I thought used it (I am a great vessel for normal language change patterns!).