PUNishably annoying (pun intended/not intended)

  • AnotherMartin 19 Nov 2002 13:12:27 6,229 posts
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    Does anyone else find the putting of pun intended/not intended really anoying after each word/comment that could slightly be linked with the subject in question?

    To me it smacks of insecure arse covering. Just right the bloody thing and let the reader decide if it was funny/relevant.

    If you do get e-mails from people complaining about your poor sense of humour or asking you if the pun really was intentional or an honest mistake, tell them to read something more at their level, like Freddy goes fishing.

    It's one of those things that the first time you see it you thought it was quite clever but it seems to be everywhere these days.
  • Scientist 19 Nov 2002 13:14:40 1,197 posts
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    It's a bad as getting "witty" editor comments in articles (what do you mean?...ed)
  • sam_spade 19 Nov 2002 13:17:07 15,745 posts
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    I worked under an editor who said that putting "Pun not intended" was a blatant lie. If the pun wasn't intended you would have rewritten it without the pun.
  • UncleLou Moderator 19 Nov 2002 13:33:52 40,158 posts
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    I was amazed anyhow that Brits obviously do this kind of thing, too, as it reminds me of the (afaik) strictly American habit to add a "just kidding" everytime they joke.


    edit: your complaining about grammar thread leads to extended post editing on my side already, rather making things worse than better ;-)

    Edited by UncleLou at 13:36:04 19-11-2002
  • sam_spade 19 Nov 2002 13:34:12 15,745 posts
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    ;)

    edit: I don't expect people on forums to have precise usage of language, such pedantry is for flame wars or comedy value. However, people working in a professional writing capacity should know better. It was just annoying me, kind of like my book spine problem.

    Edited by sam_spade at 13:46:09 19-11-2002

    Edited by sam_spade at 14:17:03 19-11-2002
  • UncleLou Moderator 19 Nov 2002 14:55:24 40,158 posts
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    Thats ok then, thank's!
  • Mr_Sleep 19 Nov 2002 14:59:01 23,487 posts
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    I can't really pick on anyone elses sentence structure, I barely know when an apostrophe is appropriate, I wing it on the comma front and my paragraphs are a mish mash of vague incomprehension and guiless paranoia. So basically my only saving grace is my spelling.
  • Nemesis 19 Nov 2002 16:20:57 19,742 posts
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    It was just annoying me, kind of like my book spine problem

    What you mean you have vertebrae made of glue, string and bits of old cardboard? Weeeeeeeeeeeeird.
  • Dirtbox 19 Nov 2002 16:24:22 91,433 posts
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