You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Some linguists accept 'because' as a preposition


​Attention, grammar police and enthusiastic editors: "Because" is now a preposition — because Internet.

Languages change over time to adapt to changes in our lifestyles. Now, linguists are starting to embrace a meme-ed preposition as one of those natural evolutions of speech. (Via The Atlantic)

Now, if you're thinking to yourself "Prepowhatsits?" let's recap:

"Nine or 10 of them do most of all the work: of, on, to, with, in, from, by, far, at, over, across." (Via Schoolhouse Rock)

And now "because."

Before now, "because" was just a subordinating conjunction that connects two parts of sentences. (Via Schoolhouse Rock)

It could be followed by a finite clause or by a prepositional phrase.

Enter the "because-noun." By slapping a noun, verb, adjective or interjection behind "because," a person can convey focus, brevity and a category within a single sentence — without the explanation "because" used to require.

More trending stories

People have been doing this for a while, to say the least, through memes, text messages and social media, well, because efficiency. (Via BecauseRaceCar.orgTwitter / @TheDailyEdgeTwitter / @MetroUKMeme Generator)

"It's a usage, in other words, that is exceptionally bloggy and aggressively casual and implicitly ironic. And also highly adaptable. ... The 'because-noun' form is limited only to the confines of your own imagination. It can be anything you want it to be." (Via The Atlantic)

The Internet changes the English language all the time, creating new words and uses to convey complex ideas and tone with as little effort as possible. Think abbreviations, acronyms or even hashtags. The "because-noun" packs all of that into one simple phrase. (YouTube / OUlearn)

Although some linguists are getting on board with the "because-noun," it might be awhile before you can get away with using it on a term paper. However, according to linguist Neal Whitman, "It may become at least as acceptable as, say, 'graduated high school.'" (Via Quick & Dirty Tips)

Now if only "I can haz" had just stuck around a little bit longer. Because cats.

See more at: Newsy.com


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in News

Officers rescue woman in wheelchair from floodwaters
Officers rescue woman in wheelchair from floodwaters

Three Atlanta police officers rescued a wheelchair-bound woman from rising water on Tuesday. "I wouldn't call us heroes. We were just doing our duty,” officer Travis Gray told Channel 2 Action News. Body-camera video showed the high water the officers had to wade through to get to the Buckhead home. It was around 4-feet deep and rising from...
JobsOhio ad mistakenly claims John Glenn ‘orbited the moon’
JobsOhio ad mistakenly claims John Glenn ‘orbited the moon’

The state’s JobsOhio program bought a full-page advertisement in The Economist magazine that included a mistake stating former astronaut John Glenn orbited the moon According to Cleveland.com, the insert touting the state’s private economic development program mistakenly touted, “From the Wright brothers inventing powered flight...
Texas mother left children in hot car to teach them 'lesson,' police say
Texas mother left children in hot car to teach them 'lesson,' police say

A woman from Parker County, Texas, who previously claimed the deaths of her two young children in a hot car in May as an accident, admitted that she left them in the vehicle to teach them “a lesson,” police said. Cynthia Marie Randolph, 25, told “several variations of the events” during police interviews, and later said...
2 Chainz creates Atlanta's latest landmark
2 Chainz creates Atlanta's latest landmark

Many people may associate The Waffle House or Big Chicken with Atlanta. But there’s a new landmark in town thanks to rapper 2 Chainz. Earlier this month, the artist hosted a listening party to promote his latest project “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.” For the event, he purchased a home, painting it pink and writing...
Gator chases Florida man trying to take photo
Gator chases Florida man trying to take photo

A Florida man had a close call with a gator after he strayed from a path to take a better picture of the amphibian.  The man left other hikers on the boardwalk of La Chua Trail at Paynes Prairie in Gainesville and encroached on a mother alligator’s space as she was sunbathing, according to Ben Boukari Jr., who posted the video on Facebook...
More Stories