Farewell, prepositions. Hello, new “because”.

If we are going to start grammatical revolutions, we should at least know what we are talking about. So, for example, when a crazy English teacher on summer vacation calls you out on it, you can respond in a professional, intelligent way, like…

“Yes, I am aware that I am purposely omitting a preposition in this post/tweet/insta/etc. so I can create an effect.”

Today, as I was sipping my afternoon coffee, I noticed that Boston.com, a notable and respected source of news in the Boston area had posted an update on their Facebook page that read:

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Now, to most of you, I’m sure that upon first read of this post, you didn’t notice anything weird. Yes, the Boston Pops have changed their show time due to the impending arrival of Tropical Storm Arthur. As the crazy English teacher, I notice right away that an integral part of the structure of sentence-writing was missing: the preposition.

This new usage isn’t as much about the lack of a preposition, but the use of the word “because”. Recently, the American Dialect Society voted the word “because” the word of the year because of it’s new usage in American dialect and speech. In short, it looks like this new usage will be around for a while.

So, what do you make of the new usage of the word “because”? Does it work? What do you think?

I hope that you enjoy the rest of this beautiful weather, because summer.

Mr. G


Published by chrisgosselin

Chris is a Digital Learning Coach in the Boston, MA area. You can follow him on Twitter at @cjgosselin.

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