To say that something or someone is "the bane of my existence"
means that the person or thing is a constant irritant
or source of misery.
"Bane of my existence" has lost its edge to a large degree
over the years,
and today is most often applied to something
that may profoundly annoy us but is certainly bearable.
Meet the bane of our existence...
Monday, November 10, 2008