<p>Husband: i'm not a feminist by any stretch of the word, but...</p>
<p>Me: do you believe that women are equal, deserve to be equal and deserve to be respected on their choices? Do you believe our daughter has the right to be equal and to be what ever the fuck she wants to be and be respected in that choice?</p>
<p>Husband: well yes. That basic human rights, though.</p>
<p>Me: huh. Funny how that works. You're a feminist, dear. Sorry to break it to you. Dosent mean to hate all men and wish for the world to burn as you set fires to bras and fling them to buildings. It just means to be on equal footing and be respected as such.</p>
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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.