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"Shop the baby and toddler event"

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StealthPolarBear · 25/01/2018 10:03

I have started to notice this (to me) new use of tbe word shop. When did this happen.
Until recently I'd have said "Shop IN the baby and toddler event"

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StealthPolarBear · 25/01/2018 10:13


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iklboo · 25/01/2018 10:23

Or even 'Shop AT'. Not just 'shop'.

I know I'm an incredibly fuddy duddy old fart but I really can't stand the relatively recent 'because X'. There's an advert that's all 'because roads, because life' whatever and I'm just shouting 'Because roads WHAT?!' at the telly.

StealthPolarBear · 25/01/2018 10:27

Yes I know exactly what you mean. I didn't go out today because snow. Etc

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StealthPolarBear · 25/01/2018 11:04

I'm sulking because ignored

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iklboo · 25/01/2018 15:20

Sorry Stealth. Because busy (aaarrggghh it hurt to type that). Luckily DS12 is a junior pedant and agrees.

DadDadDad · 25/01/2018 16:55

iklboo - although the "because roads" construction does sound a bit odd to my ear (because new Grin ), and it obviously departs from the historical syntax of "because" + verb phrase, I think it's actually quite a fun innovation in our language.

I wouldn't use it in formal writing, but just as "due to" can be followed by a noun phrase, why not allow "because" to do the same. Actually, I think this new construction doesn't even need a noun to follow it (I did "because" + adjective in the previous paragraph):
I took the free drink because- duh!
I don't feel like going out today, just because.

iklboo · 25/01/2018 17:25

Oh I know D3 - I just like more narrative 😄

iklboo · 25/01/2018 17:28

And it does kind of work with other words around it like your examples. Just not on its own with one other word. To my antediluvian lug 'oles Wink

DadDadDad · 25/01/2018 17:56

antediluvian - great word!

iBiscuit · 25/01/2018 23:13

To shop something/one is to grass them up.

I like "because " though.

StealthPolarBear · 26/01/2018 09:10

Yes that's the only context I'd heard it used in this way until recently. And that's a colloquialism anyway isn't it

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iklboo · 26/01/2018 10:46

Yes that's the only context I've heard it in too.

I'm going to shop youse to the bizzies Grin

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