Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Just Because

Linguists have been taking an interest in that snarky "because" meme that has become so prevalent on the net. Being linguists, rather than grammarians, they are into description, not prescription. And when they try to describe the new usage of "because", they say it's being used as a preposition instead of a conjunction.

"The construction is more versatile than “because+noun” suggests. Prepositional because can be yoked to verbs (Can’t talk now because cooking), adjectives (making up examples because lazy), interjections (Because yay!), and maybe adverbs too, though in strings like Because honestly., the adverb is functioning more as an exclamation. The resulting phrases are all similarly succinct and expressive."

Is this actually going to stick, or is it just a fad?
I figured it was humorous usage that purposely sounded bad.

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