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“Because” is the American Dialect Society’s word of the year

English teachers may have to perform some damage control in American classrooms in 2014, because the American Dialect Society has chosen "because" as 2013's word of the year, because...well, just because.

The New York Times reports that the bland subordinating conjunction won "in a landslide," earning 127 of 175 votes by members at the society’s annual meeting in Minneapolis.

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