Happy Thursday Word Day!
You've probably heard the phrase "bane of my existence" before, and likely in a dramatic moon-eyed, hand-wringing tone. Growing up, I heard the phrase so many times and in such affected tones of voice that I wrongfully assumed that being the bane of someone's existence was actually a good thing.
Although I had for years misinterpreted "bane" to mean "purpose" and "life-affirming reason," dictionary.com has quite the opposite to say:
1) a person or thing that ruins or spoils.
2) a deadly poison (often used in combination, as in the names of poisonous plants): wolfsbane; henbane.
3) death; destruction; ruin.
Yeah, not so great after all. I definitely wouldn't want to be the bane of anyone's existence (except perhaps people who don't replace the roll of toilet paper when it's down to just a few sheets--I will come for you).
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