BSR says... *rushes to Google* (paste) raison d'etre (enter) the most important reason or purpose for someone or something's existence. Thank you newt. You taught me a lesson in your guileful but solicitous way. newtboy said: Sometimes to cross that bridge, there's no other choice but to behead the troll first. That's why so few bridges still have trolls today. What do you mean there's no such thing as trolls?! Then how do you explain all the dead unicorns? Learn?! You really think he's capable? Remember, Moby Dick wasn't blameless. If he had just returned the leg he stole maybe he wouldn't have ended up so perforated, but his raison d'etre was triggering Ahab, and no amount of harpooning was going to dissuade him from trolling.