Writing Style Peeve: “(no pun intended)”


Dear writers who call attention to their intentional or unintentional puns; please stop. When you end a statement with “(no pun intended)” you are either being lazy or dishonest.

If your pun was truly unintentional, instead of saying “(no pun intended)”, please re-word it so that there is no pun.

If your pun was intended, instead of saying “(pun intended)”, simply let it be—allowing the astute reader the satisfaction of their discovery.

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2 Responses to Writing Style Peeve: “(no pun intended)”

  1. Eric says:

    That’s what *she* said!

  2. davecade says:

    Thank you! I cringe when I hear that cliche. Why dumb down a perfectly good pun?

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