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The bizarre evolution of the word 'because'

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The word because has evolved into the "because noun."

The word "because" has jumped the sentence diagram, from subordinating conjunction to preposition. 

Normal usage would go something like this: The earth revolves around the sun, because science says so. New usage, would go something like this: The earth revolves around the sun because, science. 

It's referred to as the "because-noun," and it's pretty commonplace in social media, and even news articles. Megan Garber of writes about the evolution of "because" in Atlantic magazine. She joins the show to explain. 


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