Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Nov 2013 23:26 UTC
Internet & Networking

The word "because," in standard English usage, is a subordinating conjunction, which means that it connects two parts of a sentence in which one (the subordinate) explains the other. In that capacity, "because" has two distinct forms. It can be followed either by a finite clause (I'm reading this because [I saw it on the web]) or by a prepositional phrase (I'm reading this because [of the web]). These two forms are, traditionally, the only ones to which "because" lends itself.

I mention all that ... because language. Because evolution. Because there is another way to use "because." Linguists are calling it the "prepositional-because." Or the "because-noun."

I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff. This is language changing before our very eyes - and thanks to the internet, it happens out in the open, in an easy documentable way, and at an incredibly fast pace.

Technology leaves nothing untouched.

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What the Internet has done is cause people to show how lazy the human race really is. I remember the horrors of when I first started in chat boards on the internet (seems to me old chat Bulletin Board Systems weren't that bad) where just about everyone would type with 'r u ;) '.

At one point in my life I was rather well versed in typing and talking correctly. It's pretty much all gone to crap with people using acronyms in real speech, where before people would generally only use them for spy agencies and computer peripherals. When I first heard someone verbally say "Oh Em Gee!" I about flipped my lid.

This particular change isn't bad, and you kind of have to put in a nice pause and a shrug when you're saying it physically, it just doesn't quite look right when it's written or typed out. Well, because Internet.

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