Writers online, and now speakers in informal speech, are using "because" in innovative ways.
This week on That’s What They Say, host Rina Miller and University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan talk about the American Dialect Society's 24th Annual Words of the Year vote.
Curzan says, “It used to be that because had to be followed by a clause. So, I would say, ‘I don’t want to go outside because it’s really cold.’ And now I can say, ‘I don’t want go outside because cold.’”
More words of the year include: selfie, Obamacare, and slash.
Click here for more on the Word of the Year for 2013.