|... other than here is where I need to be.|
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Noun. Late 19th century.
[An imaginary person (so used in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest).]
A fictitious excuse for making a visit or avoiding an obligation.
Oh nuts! I was so looking forward to writing about Bunbury. I had a scholarly analysis of The Importance of Being Earnest drafted; I was going to prompt a lively existential debate about ... umm ... existence ... and other stuff, like whether having a Bunbury is lying and whether it's ever morally acceptable; oh, and of course I was going to write a detailed character analysis of Algernon Moncrieff and his use of the fictitious invalid Mr Bunbury to avoid his social obligations. Anyway, I've no time for any of that now, as I must away to Gloucester for an appointment with a Mr Tobias Wellington-Plumbsworthy, who is urgently assessing my ... umm ... thing. Yes, that'll do. Therefore, make yourself at home, feel free to comment, but do make sure you close the browser on your way out. Cheerio!
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