A delightful piece on the evolution of the word because. Because, Internet. I agree with the point about Spanish: "A comment on the blog Language Log also mentions the intriguing, though likely unrelated, fact that in Spanish, "because" (porque) and "why" (¿por qué?) are close to synonymous." It makes sense that words would morph toward a middle meaning somewhere between everyone's first and second languages. So, because ESL.