I'm wondering if the highlighted part of the following sentence from Fulton, Intersection Theory is correct or if it is a pun?

Omission of topics or references which should be included may be attributed to lack of space, as usual, but is more likely due to incompetence of writer.

  • It's a play on words - the article is dropped so that incompetence of writer parallels lack of space. Maybe not a pun exactly, but the same kind of thing.
    – user339660
    Commented May 13, 2019 at 20:40

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It looks like the writer is making fun of themselves as they take responsibility for any errors in the article. It is not a pun but a self deprecating reference or description of themselves. I cannot see any pun for miles.

  • Oh, I always thought a pun was a joke on the meaning of a sentence, not on the sound. Seems like I need to reevaluate all 'no pun intended' jokes now... Thanks! Commented May 13, 2019 at 18:49
  • Puns can include many things. Often the similar sounds of words or other unintentional similarities. Remember; puns are bad but poetry is verse.
    – Elliot
    Commented May 14, 2019 at 17:58

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