I don't want to sound stupid or cute but why is a PUN always followed by an apology or an excuse when used?
I often come across the line: "...no pun intended" or "please excuse the pun" or "sorry for the pun."
What makes a pun bad or wrong in its usage?
Why does the writer have to always apologize for having fun with the word? Oops, pardon the-- (er, force of habit there.)