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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How is this a good thing?
by abraxas on Thu 21st Nov 2013 00:39 UTC
abraxas
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2005-07-07

The English language is devolving before our eyes. I have no issue with people conversing in colloquialisms but to change the actual definitions of words so freely is just embracing stupidity. Sure, some of these changes are going to become long-term regardless but some of them would have probably faded out of existence like a lot of other slang in the past. Instead we just normalize poor grammar and spelling instead of correcting it.

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