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Do I say “comment on something” or simply “comment something”?

For example:

  • Brian ?commented on this video.
  • Brian ?commented this video
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The OED says that the usage without on or upon is now “archaic”:

  • 2. a. trans. To furnish with comments; to make a comment or comments on; to annotate. arch. Hence ˈcommented ppl. a.

    • 1599 Thynne Animadv. (1865) 75 ― Leysure to reprinte, correcte, and comente the same.
    • 1641 Milton Ch. Govt. v. (1851) 119 ― Anselme··commenting the Epistles to Titus and the Philippians.
    • 1695 Humfrey Mediocria 29, ― I comment therefore these words thus.
    • 1700 Prior Carmen Sec. 158 ― To trace each Toil, and comment ev’ry War.
    • 1768 Johnson Pref. to Shaks. Wks. IX. 285 ― The chief desire of him that comments an author.
    • 1838–9 Hallam Hist. Lit. I. ɪ. iii. 149 ― The treatise was commented, abridged··and even turned into verse.
    • 1904 Nation (N.Y.) 7 Apr. 272 ― Tennyson’s In Memoriam, commented by L. Morel.
    • 1963 Language XXXIX. 242 ― This commented anthology.
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I'm tempted to wonder whether it could mutate and end up with the prepositions being dropped in web contexts. It certainly hasn't happened yet though. –  Jon Hanna Jan 15 '13 at 17:47
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@JonHanna Some forums, it seems to have begun to occur. However, it's still not too widespread, at least where I usually browse. –  hexafraction Jan 15 '13 at 21:12
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