1. I did an interview with CBC Spark earlier this week about the “because x” construction and other internet language phenomena, including “I can’t even/I’ve lost the ability to can”, the general pattern of stylized verbal incoherence mirroring emotional incoherence, and the porous boundary between “slang” language and “canon” language. (Dear tumblr: does that mean that slang is like the fanfic of language? Because I support this.)

    It was a lot of fun, and now the interview is finally up! So you can hear me talking to Nora Young as part of a longer podcast/radio show (Spark in general is about technology and culture and it’s pretty great). It’s up right now on the CBC website, or on iTunes, or on CBC radio/SiriusXM on Sunday at 1pm local time in most Canadian/American timezones if you like radios. 

    For more on internet language, check out the original “because reasons” post that started it all, my more recent update on where I think the “because x” construction came from, and this list of all my internet language posts. There’s also a previous Spark interview with David Crystal on internet language.

     
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