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As we know "because" is often shortened as "cuz" in informal speech. Now I hear "because of" many times a day, so it came to my mind whether I can shorten "because of" to "cuz of".

  • "Cuz" is rarely written, except perhaps in texts. If your're going to shorten it that much, then no need to include the "of", cuz how it takes longer to write. You might as well abbreviate as much as you can. However, in texts if I don't feel like writing the full word I just use bc for "because". – Andrew May 14 at 1:30
  • @Andrew - The OP might be talking about speech, not written English. – J.R. May 14 at 2:05
  • @J.R. Ah. Well, in that case there is no way to answer that doesn't depend on dialect and personal preference. As you know there are many dialects that routinely drop various parts of speech, or rearrange the common order of certain words. – Andrew May 14 at 4:45
  • @Andrew - To me, the OP's query seems like a perfectly reasonable question for an English learner to ask native English speakers. It's the sort of thing ELL was designed to answer, even if the answer might be "it depends". – J.R. May 14 at 9:21
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You can. Some native speakers do say "'cause of" in place of "because of" when speaking quickly or rushing. It is done without thinking.

However if you need to ask the question, then you are thinking about your speaking. Native speakers don't use "cuz" when trying to speak clearly. If you find yourself naturally reducing "because of" to "cuzov" naturally, that is fine. But it should not be done artificially or it will sound odd.

You should never use "cuz" in writing, unless you are writing a story and want to show how a character speaks. Never use "cuz" for writing your own words.

  • We'll sometimes see cuz written into song lyrics, cuz it's often convenient to use a one-syllable cuz (sometimes written as cause, and sometimes using an apostrophe: 'cause) instead of a two-syllable because. Pink's hit "Cuz I Can" comes to mind, as does this Chris Hawkey lyric: You don't throw away a diamond just because it's got some dust on / Trade in a classic cuz it's got a little rust. – J.R. May 14 at 9:48
  • I would say it's also fine when texting, although there are other options. – Andrew May 14 at 11:55

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