(TL;DR) 1. I've been plagued by the postverbal use of the preposition 'of'. After verbs, when describing attributes like origin or source, what are the differences between 'from' and 'of'?
The verbs exemplified (in OED) below, can be followed by both 'from' and 'of'; so what differs?
Does the (choice of) preposition change anything?
2. Etymologically, what caused of's prevalence over 'from'?
[Optional Reading] [OED:] III. Of origin or source. Indicating the thing, place, or person from which or whom something originates, comes, or is acquired or sought.
a. Expressing ancestral or local origin, descent, etc.: following
arise, be, come, descend, spring, etc.; be born, be bred, be derived, be propagated, etc.
†b. Expressing the origin or derivation of a name. Obs.
9. Following certain verbs and verbal derivatives.
a. With borrow, buy, gain, get, have, receive, steal, take, win, etc.
Now replaced by from, or arch. and regional, except in take advantage (see advantage n. Phrases 2a), take leave (see leave n.1 2a), etc. See also off adv. 3..
b. With ask, beg, demand, desire, expect, inquire, request, require, want, etc.;
also hear, learn, understand.
IV. Of the source or starting point of action, emotion, etc.,
in respect of motive, cause, reason, or ground.
a. Indicating the mental or non-material source or spring of action, emotion, etc.: out of, from, as an outcome, expression, or consequence of.