However it originated, though, the usage of “because-noun” (and of “because-adjective” and “because-gerund”) is one of those distinctly of-the-Internet, by-the-Internet movements of language. It conveys focus (linguist Gretchen McCulloch: “It means something like ‘I’m so busy being totally absorbed by X that I don’t need to explain further, and you should know about this because it’s a completely valid incredibly important thing to be doing’”). It conveys brevity (Carey: “It has a snappy, jocular feel, with a syntactic jolt that allows long explanations to be forgone” “It has a snappy, jocular feel, with a syntactic jolt that allows long explanations to be forgone”).
But it also conveys a certain universality. When I say, for example, “The talks broke down because politics,” I’m not just describing a circumstance. I’m also describing a category. I’m making grand and yet ironized claims, announcing a situation and commenting on that situation at the same time. I’m offering an explanation and rolling my eyes — and I’m able to do it with one little word. Because variety. Because Internet. Because language.
All that is missing is a Z snap of fabulous ownage.
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on the defunding of NASA.
Anything to knock junior-high students down a peg or two.
Fat girls do it well.
(my new tattoo, obv)
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING.
*HUGS* How have you been? That’s so exciting that you’re going to see Miranda next year! She’s doing a few shows in Australia in February, so I’m flying to Melbourne to see her too :D
thats great! meet up with steph if you get the chance! I demand you guys give each other hUGE hugs for me!! :D I’m on the hunt now for plane tickets, and already have more than half of march’s rent paid, so its becoming real! and the tickets for one of the shows came in the mail about a month ago! (the other tickets will be at will call0
Not exactly body positivity, but gender essentialism is something I’m vehemently against and something I do try to fight with this blog, so I think it fits.
I was at Target yesterday and this little girl wanted to buy Halo 4, but this lady came up to her and said video games are for boys. This lady had a box of trix in her cart and so the girl grabs the box and said ‘and trix are for kids.’ and ran off with the cereal and the game.
Small child: 1; Lady: 0
This child wins in life.
I think one of the best feelings in the world is when someone remembers something you said. Whether it was something from yesterday, a week ago, a month ago.. It’s just like, “Wow, you actually listen to me.”