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” ).
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.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”—Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013 (via jamescook)
Chapters: 1/1 Fandom: 境界の彼方 | Beyond the Boundary Rating: Explicit Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings Relationships: Kanbara Akihito/Nase Hiroomi Characters: Kanbara Akihito, Nase Hiroomi, Nase Mitsuki, Kuriyama Mirai Additional Tags: Glasses, cross-dressing, little sister complex, Pranks, dumb teenage boys having sex Summary: When Hiroomi takes advantage of Akihito’s love of glasses for nefarious ends, Akihito decides to get back at him in the best way possible. Gratuitous glasses porn / cross-dressing porn / after school club room porn.