"no pun intended"

SwedishFish

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whenever anyone says "no pun intended", they are obviously aware that they are making a pun so they do, in fact, intend it. so "no pun intended" is a contradiction in term.
 
"No pun intended" can be
a) a sign of an act of sucking up to someone,
b) saying something with certain words because you can't find more appropriate other words (a frequent case for non-native speakers),
c) a tweaked sense of humor,
d) other.

I know that I use "no pun intended" in the sense of b) sometimes. I know that there is a better word to say what I mean, but I don't know it, so I use one that is closest -- and apologize for the bad choice of words.
 
it could also be
no pun inteded but you think everyone else will assume there was one intended
 
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