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    Is "no good deed goes unpunished" used properly here?

    Hi,

    "The man who shot Travon Martin actually got released! Hmm...no good deed goes unpunished!"


    Thanks!

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    Re: Is "no good deed goes unpunished" used properly here?

    It's probably an irony. If it went unpunished it must not have been a good deed.
    Last edited by probus; 24-Sep-2013 at 04:00.

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    Re: Is "no good deed goes unpunished" used properly here?

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    Hi,

    "The man who shot Travon Martin actually got released! Hmm...no good deed goes unpunished!"


    Thanks!
    It is a very strange sentence.

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    Re: Is "no good deed goes unpunished" used properly here?

    Yes. Hard to be sure what the speaker meant.

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    Re: Is "no good deed goes unpunished" used properly here?

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Yes. Hard to be sure what the speaker meant.
    Indeed. It makes one suspect that the user did not understand the statement.

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    Re: Is "no good deed goes unpunished" used properly here?

    Is it sarcastic to say no good deed goes unpunished ? The meaning is confusing.

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    Re: Is "no good deed goes unpunished" used properly here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kelv View Post
    Is it sarcastic to say no good deed goes unpunished ? The meaning is confusing.
    Yes, that bit is obviously ironic. But it doesn't seem to fit the context.
    "Hmm...no good deed goes unrewarded!" is not ironic by itself, but it would be in the original context.
    The two parts don't seem to fit together.

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    Re: Is "no good deed goes unpunished" used properly here?

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    "No good deed goes unpunished."

    It's a wry comment on the unfairness of life. It means that even when we try to do good, our actions will often only lead us into trouble.
    The remark is attributed to the writer and politician, Clare Boothe Luce.
    Clare Boothe Luce - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    ps: I agree with Raymott that it doesn't seem to fit the context.
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    Re: Is "no good deed goes unpunished" used properly here?

    Thanks for all your replies. Maybe I should re-write it as "The man who shot Trayvon Martin actually got released. What's wrong with this world?"

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    Re: Is "no good deed goes unpunished" used properly here?

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    Thanks for all your replies. Maybe I should re-write it as "The man who shot Trayvon Martin actually got released. What's wrong with this world?"
    That depends entirely on why you want to write it at all, and whether that would fit the wider context. What attitude do you want the speaker to take towards i) Trayvon Martin, ii) the man who shot him iii) the fact that the man shot him, and iv) that he was released. All those questions should be answered in the wider text. I get the impression, though, that the speaker approves of the man being released, in which case your phrase wouldn't work. It's more likely the author meant the ironic "No good deed goes unrewarded!" in my opinion.

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