In somewhat weird news, the American Dialect Society has chosen “because” as its word of the year. This is not, of course, a new word – but it took on different shades of meaning in 2013, the New York Times reports on its Arts blog:
Ben Zimmer, chairman of the dialect society’s new words committee, explained that casual online usage had transformed “because.”
“No longer does ‘because’ have to be followed by of or a full clause,” he said in a statement. “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!’ ”
How else do you see language changing?