Talk:Oscar Wilde

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Interruption[edit]

This sentence: "This article is about the 19th-century author. For other uses, see Oscar Wilde (disambiguation)."

is very needless -

because pretty much of all the "other" Oscar Wildes would not mind not being mentioned in this article.--37.230.8.161 (talk) 00:17, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

-Following the link, this is what comes up:

Oscar Wilde was an Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and author of short stories.

Oscar Wilde may also refer to:

MS Oscar Wilde, a cruise ferry Oscar Wilde (film), a 1960 biographical film about Oscar Wilde Wilde (film), a 1997 biographical film about Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde (play), an English play based on the life of Oscar Wilde

So there is nothing that is equal to the importance of the original Oscal Wilde,

other would translate "it was a smokescreen" (maybe of "evil"?)

see the bible for further reference.

Cerebral or not?[edit]

It strikes me that we have a problem of terminology. Firstly "cerebral" meningitis is NOT "idiotic" nor incorrect, it is, however, outdated terminology. When meningitis was first explored by scientific methods, it became apparent that it originated in the meninges of the brain and also in the spine. The initial separation was between cerebral meningitis and spinal meningitis and they were considered to possibly have different causes. Later, the division was revised when it was discovered that meningitis could be caused by a variety of vectors, bacteria, viruses etc. but the basic illness was the same. So the nomenclature was changed. The question that now arises is which should be used in the article. Cerebral meningitis as was understood by Wilde's contemporaries and documented in the sources etc. or the modern term meningitis. As we have a link to meningitis which describes what it is and the various vectors, I would prefer the inclusion of the word cerebral as it adds to the texture of the article without reducing any of the meaning. Dabbler (talk) 12:42, 22 March 2017 (UTC)

It's an interesting question, should we go with the slightly incorrect contemporary diagnosis or the more accurate current diagnosis. If we can draw something of an analogy canker was a historic cause of death that is now listed as cancer and canker is now just a common name for mouth ulcers. I tend towards using the current terminology for the sake of accuracy as to use the historic would assume a certain degree of extra knowledge in the reader (plus cerebral meningitis does reek a bit of tautology) Unibond (talk) 19:32, 22 March 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for your posts Dabbler & Unibond. Even if it is anachronistic IMO, since the term is used by so many sources, it should stay in the article. Wouldn't it be possible to mention the distinction between "contemporary and current" in a footnote? If either of you have an idea how to word it that would be helpful. MarnetteD|Talk 20:23, 22 March 2017 (UTC)
Outdated is just one type of incorrect. An encyclopedia is not a period piece for the amusement of idle intellectuals; in no case do we call Parkinson's disease "shaking palsy", women "hysterical" and we most definitely don't attribute the death of people in the Middle Ages to noxious vapours or divine curses. As of 2017, "cerebral meningitis" makes just as much sense as "ocular retinitis" or the favourite term in Wilde's time, namely "cerebral fever": we are hear to be academic, not to be quaint. complainer (talk) 15:42, 23 March 2017 (UTC)
It may be quaint, but if someone reads "cerebral meningitis" in an original source, it would be nice if it was explained here and they weren't left to flounder in ignorance. We might not say people died of "miasmas" instead of malaria but we should tell people what malaria was known at at the time. I have made a change to the section to reflect this. Dabbler (talk) 17:13, 23 March 2017 (UTC)