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Is it correct to rant on something? Or is ranting about the only correct usage of the word? E.g. "He's been ranting on his landlord all evening".

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  • "About" certainly isn't the only preposition that can follow noun or verb "rant" ("concerning" would be fine, maybe even "re" or "anent"), but your example sounds a bit odd. Sounding odd doesn't mean it's incorrect, just that it's suboptimal.
    – Stuart F
    Nov 3 at 15:47
  • I would never use rant on something. It's not idiomatic. However, what is idiotmagnet {eggcorn joke) is: to rant on and on about something.
    – Lambie
    Nov 3 at 16:47
  • Very similar to ”talking”. You can talk about something and talk on some subject but you wouldn’t talk on the teacher- only about.
    – Jim
    Nov 3 at 18:56

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"Rant about" is more common than "rant on". Google ngram

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This is the google book search result for "rant on"

Used as a verb, I would always use it with 'about'; used as a noun I would use both.

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  • You should look at how many examples use "Rant" as a surname.
    – Greybeard
    Nov 3 at 19:25
  • I have looked at the results, that's why I have posted the book search link. I have looked uptil page 3, I would say "Rant surname" and "rant verb and noun" are in equal measure.
    – banuyayi
    Nov 3 at 19:44

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