PRONUNCIATION: (bih/buh-NIG-nuhnt)

MEANING: adjective:
1. Kind and gracious.
2. Beneficial.
3. Not harmful.

ETYMOLOGY: Modeled after the word malignant. From benign, from Old French benigne, from Latin bene (well) + gignere (to beget). Earliest documented use: 1782.

BENIGNANU - 1. My name is Mork; I come from the planet Ork and I mean you no harm; 2. I'm the Administrator of this website and I mean you no harm)

BENI-GNAT - an insect once thought to be a nuisance that turns out to be good for the environment

"BEN? I GO"-ANT - inclined to say "Mr Franklin? I'll get it"