for I have experience with Trump


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"Jessica is ladylike. Therefore, allow me, for I have experience with Trump, to say in plain English what I believe Trump is about to do."

This is part of an episode of This American Life and this is the narrator of the show saying it. The background is where two women in their 70s are having a chat on Zoom, sharing their experience with their account of their own alleged sexual violence encounter with Trump.

What role does the "for" here play?

1. just another form of "because"
2. indicating what is to be said in plain English after the narrator's apologetic pleasantry.

Source: 798: Leaving the Fold - This American Life
  • Yes, "for" is another word for "because"; it has a literary sound to it.
    I would say "since I have..."
    I think it's less likely than "because" in everyday spoken (American) English, though.

    (Edit) Or, as Cenzontle posted a moment before I did, "since".