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Self-Proclaimed Union Thug Vinny Castaldo Wants to Beat Me Up

AZYaateeh Wrote: Feb 02, 2013 12:20 PM
No one can proclaim to be a union thug, since the verb "proclaim" can't be used like that. Did you maybe mean "claim"? And yes, people can and do claim to be negative stereotypes of their groups.
AZYaateeh Wrote: Feb 02, 2013 2:04 PM
Put more technically, "proclaim" is one of the few verbs in English that has a transitive-only alignment. Most verbs in Romance languages are one or the other—you can't say "I sit", you have to say "I sit myself"—possibly due to Basque influence (Basque is ergative, the transitivity of the verb determines the case of its agent).

You cannot proclaim to be anything, you must proclaim SOMETHING, possibly yourself.

Perhaps it was the radio segment that I did this week asking for comments and feedback about unions. I asked on the air for people who were union members to call our listener line at 202-681-1732 or email us at

I was looking for comments about the good and bad that goes along with being represented by unions.

Still looking for comments, and now want them even if you don't have a union.  

Personally I think unions are outdated relics of an age that belong more to Stalin than to Dickens.

Or maybe it was the Facebook picture I posted...