Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Big Bird question

Was Snuffalufagus a bunbury?

bunbury (BUN-buh-ree) noun

An imaginary person whose name is used as an excuse to some purpose,
especially to visit a place.
The term originated with Oscar Wilde's Importance of Being Earnest,
in which the character Algernon invents Mr. Bunbury, a devise to avoid his relatives.

Did Big Bird use him as an excuse to talk to himself, or just as a subject to talk about?

The word bunbury is considered an eponym, or a word coined after someone.


Ariel the Thief said...

Yeah, and you remember this word 2 days before Thanksgiving.

Minka said...


Are you saying my friend Anton isn't real? I never use him to get out of places, I only mention him when things dissapear, doors are open that should be closed or cookies eaten that should be left until tomorrow!

He is quite insatiable, that Anton!

actonbell said...

hehe, Monika, now you know:)

Ariel, I think this was Freudian.

Doug said...

I remember Bunbury. Bunburying was a hobby for Algernon, wasn't it?

A friend of mine told me this about Snuffalufagus: Apparently he was an unseen character until the Buckey-McMartin trial when politically correct people (Lord knows where PBS came up with some of those) decided it was no longer OK to say children saw things that aren't actually there.

To protect children it is necessary to find the innocent guilty and pretend adult imaginations are real and children's imaginary.