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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Just because
by Luis on Wed 20th Nov 2013 07:37 UTC
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I have a friend who doesn't speak English fluently and when he had to stay abroad and was forced to communicate in it, he managed to invent another use of the word because. Basically to avoid having to give longer explanations that were difficult for him due to his language deficiencies (and due to there not being a clear answer anyway):

"So why did it stop working?"

"Hhhmm... Because."

Because it did. Because of whatever reason that I don't know and don't care to find out. Because shit happens... Just because.

Now that I'm abroad myself, I also use it that way in some situations. And I kind of like it. Why? Because.

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RE: Just because
by rft183 on Wed 20th Nov 2013 15:02 in reply to "Just because"
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That is how my three-year-old answers almost every question I ask him. If my five-year-old hears him, he says "'Because' isn't an answer! Isn't that right, Daddy?" I've convinced one of them, at least!

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