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  1. I have not observed any shift from using “about” to using “around” in those contexts, and the ngram viewer does not seem to support any major shift either. Here, for example, is the comparison for “discussion”:
    https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=%28discussion+about%29%2F%28discussion+around%29&year_start=1940&year_end=2019&corpus=26&smoothing=3

    “About” is still 15 times as common as “around” in this context.

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