559: No Pun Intended

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No Pun Intended
Like spelling 'dammit' correctly -- with two m's -- it's a troll that works best on the most literate.
Title text: Like spelling 'dammit' correctly -- with two m's -- it's a troll that works best on the most literate.

[edit] Explanation

"No pun intended" is an idiom meaning that something just said wasn't meant to be a pun, implying that the preceding statement could be interpreted as one. As done in the comic, following a non-pun with "no pun intended", although factually accurate, breaks this implication and confuses listeners who will be trying to work out which part of the sentence could have been interpreted as a pun.

In this comic, which is part of the My Hobby series, Cueball uses this tactic to confuse Beret Guy, who spends the next three hours trying to understand what pun there could have been in Cueballs sentence: I think he's internalized his girlfriend's attitudes.
The guy Cueball talks about seems to have taken over (internalized) all his girlfriends attitudes, values, standards and opinions, putting these instead of those he has from his own identity or sense of self. This is probably sad, but there is no pun in the sentence.

Beret Guy, however, has been fooled by the addition of no pun intended and tries to over analyze the sentence - did Cueball mean Lied when saying Internalized or was it Analyzed or even Attitudes he meant, that could be the pun? Since there was no possible pun, he will never find a solution. This was Cueball's plan all along.

It seems like Beret Guy, after three hours, finally gives up when he says Dammit. This then leads to the title text joke.

The title text elicits a similar confused reaction, as the most literate people will be more likely to want to spell out "damn it" rather than using an abbreviated form with morphed spelling as dammit. What is refereed to with two m's is because many people (mainly in the US it seems) contract damn it to damnit, which is the wrong way.

[edit] Transcript

[Caption above the panel:]
My Hobby:
Appending "no pun intended"
to lines with no pun in them.
[Cueball is talking to Beret Guy.]
Cueball: I think he's internalized his girlfriend's attitudes - no pun intended - and so...
[The next panel is inlaid partly over the first panel. Beret Guy is thinking. Above his thought bubble is a caption:]
Three hours later:
Beret Guy (thinking): "Internalized?" Lied? Analyzed? Or is it "attitudes"? Dammit.

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To be fair, internalising anything from a girlfriend... or a girlfriend internalising anything from a boyfriend.... could have some implications. Which wasn't intended here I'm sure. 08:21, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

Perhaps, but that's not a pun. That's a double entendre in the strictest sense. Anonymous 05:29, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

This needs an incomplete flag. --Mynotoar (talk) 22:31, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

So, just give us a reason. --Dgbrt (talk) 22:55, 10 January 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, the title text needs explanation, and I think it needs more detail, especially as it doesn't really explain the punchline. --Mynotoar (talk) 23:13, 10 January 2014 (UTC)
The incomplete tag is set. I did copy your remarks. --Dgbrt (talk) 20:32, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

Is the fact that this explanation is set as incomplete ironic? Surely the point of this post is that there IS no punchline - the victim is searching the sentence for humour that does not exist. As the alt text explains, the more literate the victim, the more they will agonize over potential wordplay which is simply not present. 07:30, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

Inserting "if you'll pardon the pun" into a phrase with no pun is a recurring joke on "A Bit of Fry and Laurie". (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
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