Rainy Morning

It’s raining today.  I actually quite like the rain, it gives me an excuse to do my favourite thing: read.  However, I don’t seem to get much time for that these days, no matter what the weather.

In reading I have come across one phrase which just riles me up.  It is this: ‘Excuse the pun!’, or its cousin: ‘No pun intended!’  I hate the phrase.  What is its purpose? To draw attention to the aforesaid pun which is then to be excused? In my thinking it is a totally irrelevant and novice phrase to use.  For one, if there is a pun used with intent what is the necessity of excusing it.  In the second place if a pun has accidentally cropped up why draw unnecessary attention to it.  The pun may not be excused.

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