‘Because’ is 2013’s word of the year. Why? Well, because.
Ben Zimmer, a MOT, lexicographer and the chairman of the dialect society’s new words committee, said in a statement reported in The New York Times that “because” had evolved thanks to casual online speak, shaking off its subordinating conjunction role and becoming more of a vague, complete answer in and of itself.
“No longer does ‘because’ have to be followed by of or a full clause,” wrote Zimmer, the son of a former New Jersey congressman. “Now one often sees tersely worded rationales like ‘because science’ or ‘because reasons.’ You might not go to a party ‘because tired.’ As one supporter put it, ‘because’ should be word of the year ‘because useful!’”