Talk:Banburismus

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Oscar Wilde's "Bunburyism"[edit]

Not sure if anyone has watchlisted this page, but I've always thought banburismus was somehow named related to "Bunburyist" in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. The text of the play doesn't have the word "bunburyism," but it's an easy back-formation from "bunburyist," and readily becomes Bunburismus in mock-German. The change from "Bunbury" to "Banbury" is also quite trivial because the place-name is pronounced English pronunciation: /bənbriː/. (In German the play is sometimes Bunbury.)

In the play, "Bunburyism" is an invention of Algernon, a London gentleman who maintains a non-existent but convenient "invalid" called Bunbury, whose ill health frequently "requires" Algernon to take visits to the country (whenever and wherever he pleases). His friend Jack, a country gentleman, has invented a younger brother in London, Earnest, permitting him to visit London whenever he pleases. How this ties into the cryptographic Banburismus isn't at all clear to me. Perhaps it was simply a way for Turing to pursue whatever he found most intellectually interesting when the work at Bletchley Park became too routine. The "cards printed at Banbury" idea seems contrived, especially since it seems nobody has ever seen one.

Of course adding this to the article would require a good source and an explanation of how Bunburying relates to Banburismus. But I think it's intriguing. I hope this doesn't break WP:NOTFORUM because the article, at present, attributes the name to the place the cards were printed. I think this may not be the whole story. Roches (talk) 13:01, 26 March 2015 (UTC)