protest = 'demonstrate in public to draw attention to'

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Apr 3 14:09:02 UTC 2010

At 4/2/2010 10:57 PM, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
>On Apr 2, 2010, at 3:05 PM, Jon Lighter wrote:
>>_All Things Considered_ reported this evening on about 36 teenagers
>>who were
>>chanting "We need jobs!" outside a municipal agency.
>>According to the highly paid journalist-narrator, they were
>>"protesting the
>>need for jobs."
>this appears to be "protest" 'protest about' -- yet anoth
>transitivizing P-drop, in addition to "protest" 'protest against'.

Still, I wouldn't protest about the need for jobs.  (I don't think
I'd even protest against the need for jobs.)  I'd protest about the
lack of jobs.


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