An example of anent is letting someone know which topic you're referencing in a letter; talking anent is talking about.
Origin of anent
- Middle English from Old English onefn near on on on efn even
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English anent (“insofar as, inasmuch as, in comparison with, with respect to, as regards, concerning, in the opinion or judgment of; next to, close to, up to, near, adjoining, across from, over against, facing”), anen, from Old English on emn, on efen (“level with, beside”, literally “on even”); compare Dutch neven, German neben.