English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet

Avatar do usuário jlmmelo 2140 8 59
"Because" is being used in novel ways these days. Why? Because Internet. Because language.

Linguists are recognizing the delightful evolution of the word "because."

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."

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http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/a ... 1/#because
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Avatar do usuário Henry Cunha 9960 2 17 177
And we already had another use for it as an all-purpose "catchphrase":

Why are you doing that?
Because.

You don't like him, do you? Why not?
Because.

The inquirer is supposed to know the answer, or to know not to ask for more.