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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WorknMan
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2005-11-13

I learnt the use of "because of (a noun)" as a kind of English grammar in the past. Now people say "because noun". To me, it sounds like the word "of" is simply dropped, because trend? In fact it just doesn't sound right to me, and I am not even English-native.


It really depends on how you use it. For example, 'I'm going to drop the word of in this case, because f--k you' ;)

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leech Member since:
2006-01-10

Ha ha, that's where I've mostly heard it, with the exception of some very recent post on amiga.org when discussing 'They are trying to Kill the PC!' someone had made the comment about tablet and smart phone proponents saying it for no other reason than... 'cause.

But mostly I've always heard it as the aforementioned 'because f-ck you, that's why!'. And so it really does have that tone of 'why don't you go play hide and f-ck yourself!'

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olafg Member since:
2010-05-27

Not a good example. "f--k you' is not a noun. This is merely lack of proper spelling:

I'm going to drop the word of in this case, because... F--k you.

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