I’ll play this bout first.

A bout is related to about which comes from the sense of a roundabout. The circularity is in all of them. A bout is also called a round. I think this is to do with it completing a circuit in each section.

About isn’t always round – sometimes if someone is, say, skipping about, they’re traveling all over the place, not necessarily a circle.

And when we ask what a story is about, we’re not necessarily thinking of a summary as a circle. There is a great deal more circularity under our language than I realized.


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