Grace Murray Hopper checking out the data-banks, and gets a doodle because it’s her birthday.
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.
Reblogging. Because linguistics.
shakes fist at the kids.
Isn’t it amazing that these industries, which are profit-oriented and thus non-ideological, which employ tens of thousands of scientists in the fields of biology, geology, etc., never specifically recruit creationists and don’t waste their time or their shareholders’ money doing “creation science”?
It’s amazing how people can compartmentalize things. They do their day job in a science or engineering field and have to follow conventional science to reach their research or business goals. But at night they watch a Youtube video about some guy who found Noah’s ark and they think O wow…cool… It’s like a switch in the brain is going off and on. I think others have called it the bozo switch.
By the way, apparently there are significant sized reserves of oil and gas in the West Bank and Gaza. The Israelis have known that for some time through proper surveying engineering. Finding oil in that region will certainly help the peace process along.
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Arthur Meighen was Canadian Prime Minister twice in the 1920’s. Those eyes are so full of despair. Probably because he went to his grave knowing he was the only Conservative Prime Minister in 100 years not to have a major scandal. But that’s all changed now. Welcome to the club sir, better late than never.
The city of Vancouver has amended its building code to outlaw the use of those wrist-twisting devices in all new construction, including private homes. Door knobs had already been opener non grata in large buildings. The new ruling, effective in March, will not affect existing homes.
Instead of door knobs, new buildings will be equipped with easier-to-manoeuvre levers. The change is a victory for what’s known as universal design, creating spaces and buildings that are easily accessible for everyone.
It’s a sensible change to the building code which will help people. But for sure there will be a mountain of outrage from the traditional doorknob family values doorknob coalition. It’s social engineering! There will be attack ads featuring dark shadowy hook handed socialists. Ezra Levant will drill a door knob into his forehead on live TV. First they came for your door knobs. Next it will be your children. Is it worth the risk? Is Al Gore involved?
They came for my neighbors doorknob. I said nothing because I don’t have a door.
At the very least be thankful the Toronto Star decided to write about something other than Rob Ford.
I need a drink.
Rock star Joan Jett was removed from a parade float representing South Dakota in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after ranchers protested her appearance, saying she’s a vegetarian and a critic of their livestock production.
Jett is a supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the world’s largest animal rights group that promotes a vegetarian diet and condemns factory farms and ranches.
I remember when k.d. lang came out as a vegan. She came from rural Alberta and people were not kind or gracious about it.
Lennon looks pissed. Harrison in the back brooding. They probably had no idea how big the abbey road photo would become.
I learned how to say ‘I buried paul’ backwards. Sort of creepy.