559: No Pun Intended
|No Pun Intended|
Title text: Like spelling 'dammit' correctly -- with two m's -- it's a troll that works best on the most literate.
"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 overanalyze the sentence - did Cueball mean Lied when saying Internalized or was it Analyzed or even Attitudes he meant; could that be the pun? Since there was no 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.
Unfortunately for the hobbyist, blank puns default to sexual innuendos, the most notorious example being "If You Know What I Mean."
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 referred 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.
- [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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