1. syntactician:

    because can be followed by a finite clause:

    I left him because [he sold my prize-winning armadillo].

    It can be followed by a prepositional phrase:

    I left him because [of his unbearable stench]. 

    But a non-standard usage is gaining wider and wider acceptance, namelybecause+noun (often a proper noun):

    I can’t come out tonight because Skyrim.


    This isn’t a straight nonstandard equivalent to the other uses - it’s different. 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’. This page is all posts that were tagged with #because Skyrim.

    But has a similar use (taken from the same Tumblr page):

    Okay I’d totally love to read my dash and everything but Skyrim.

    I like it.

    I think there may be some restrictions on which nouns are possible in this construction. For example, while I think it’s fine to say:

    I can’t come out tonight because homework/math.

    I can’t come out tonight because essays/readings.

    I can’t come out tonight because busyness. 

    I don’t think it works to say:

    *I can’t come out tonight because too much/lots of/difficult homework. 

    *I can’t come out tonight because essay/my essay/an essay/this essay.

    *I can’t come out tonight because busy. 

    So it seems like the because+noun construction really must consist of a bare noun, not a noun with a determiner or an adjective. However, I think I might be able to be okay with: 

    ?I can never get to bed at a reasonable hour because interesting people on the internet!

    Also, I think the title “because reasons” may be an even more specialized version of this use, actually. Because you can paraphrase “I can’t come out tonight because Skyrim/homework” as “I can’t come out tonight because OF Skyrim/homework”, but I don’t think “I don’t like him because reasons” paraphrases well as “I don’t like him because OF reasons”. 

    Update: Where “because noun” probably came from

     
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      How about this: "I won’t give attribution for this comic because lazy." Here you go: “Pardon Me,” from the comic Three...
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      So, absolutely every example sentence above is acceptable to me. Yes, some of them sound a little odd; that’s sort of...
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      WOW. I saw that comic, yeah, but I did not know that was the origin of the use. I really hope that’s right - it’s so...
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      It sounds especially weird when I put several words after it. Update: Where “because noun” probably came from.
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      With regards to the last one, “because reasons” is actually a paraphrase of “because of reasons” which originated...
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      God I love stuff like this when it’s all spelled out.
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    23. mtpham said: Woops, forget I said the NP/DP part, since movement out of ‘because’ complements seems to always be extraction from a PP.
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