Monday, July 30, 2012

Thank you, SEK.

Finally, someone points out the fact that Bain means bad guy.

The real question — the one that no one seems to be asking — is why Bain? I know the real reason is ego cheap and clean, but it boggles the mind that these titans of industry decided that their public face should be the homonym of a word which means, according to my Oxford English Dictionary,1. A slayer or murderer; one who causes the death or destruction of another.2. a. That which causes death, or destroys life. b. Poison. Also incomb. in names of of poisonous plants or substances, as in Dogbane, Henbame, Leopard’s Bane, Rat’s Bane, Wolf’s Bane, etc.3. Murder, death, destruction.4. That which causes ruin, or is pernicious to well-being: the agent or instrument of ruin or woe, the ‘curse.’5. Fatal mischief: woeful or hapless fate.6. A disease in sheep, the ‘rot.’
From L,G&M

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