Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one bane or multiple banes.)
A bane, or the bane of something, is something awful that causes a lot of destruction.
(A bane can also be a poison.)
How to use it:
Talk about something being a bane to you, a bane to your business, a bane to your success, a bane to the country or the economy, and so on. Something can be the bane of a group of people, as in "Out-of-square corners are the bane of carpenters." More dramatically, something can be the bane of your life or the bane of your existence.
Deer seem so cute that it's hard to believe they're the bane of many gardeners. I guess it's not as sweet when the deer are eating your own plants.
Acronyms are a bane to clear communication, especially in essays written by students who have no idea that not everyone knows what JA is, for example.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "bane” means when you can explain it without saying “poison” or “destructive."
Think of something you absolutely despise, and fill in the blank: "_____ (is/are) the bane of my existence."
Example: "Snakes are the bane of Heidi's existence."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
Messages that go through an automated translator into several languages and back into English again often end up sounding funny and garbled-- but still somehow meaningful. We’re having fun with that phenomenon this month as we play our game: Guess the moral from Aesop’s Fables after it has been translated into a few foreign languages and back again by a computer program. Some of the morals may be very familiar to you, others not so much. You don’t need to quote Aesop verbatim but rather just understand the message being conveyed. Try it out each day and see the right answer the following day.
Yesterday’s answer: The translation-babble said, “Great man, at risk, but also safer face than glory.” Aesop said, “A famous man has more glory than lesser people, but he is also exposed to greater dangers.”
Try this one today: “Who preceded adapt to changing times, allowed.”
A Point Well Made:
Dr. Seuss: "Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!"
1. The opposite of BANE is
2. Educators across the country are _____ the baneful effects of _____
A. still dealing with .. an ill-conceived educational law.
B. largely unaware of .. a healthy breakfast for every child.
C. mostly pleased with .. reduced homework loads for children.
Answers are below.
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Disclaimer: Word meanings presented here are expressed in plain language and are limited to common, useful applications only. Readers interested in authoritative and multiple definitions of words are encouraged to check a dictionary. Likewise, word meanings, usage, and pronunciations are limited to American English; these elements may vary across world Englishes.
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