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<?php echo get_the_term_list( $post->ID, 'people', 'People: ', ' ', '' ); ?> 

returns something like this:

People: <a href="person1">Person1</a>, <a href="person2">Person2</a>, ...

How can I make it return the same thing without links like this:

People: Person1, Person2
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up vote 9 down vote accepted

It may be easier to just write the list manually, something like:

$terms = wp_get_post_tags( $post->ID );
//For custom taxonomy use this line below
//$terms = wp_get_object_terms( $post->ID, 'people' );

foreach( $terms as $term )
    $term_names[] = $term->name;

echo implode( ', ', $term_names );
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How would this work for a custom taxonomy? I tried: $terms = get_the_term_list( $post->ID,'people'); but that gave me an error – Carson Apr 19 '11 at 5:22
@Carson you are using the wrong function there, you want wp_get_object_terms() so it would be: $terms = wp_get_object_terms( $post->ID, 'people' ); – Joe Hoyle May 30 '11 at 23:23
Thanks, that's it! – Carson Jun 4 '11 at 0:38

Alternatively you can also use

echo strip_tags (
    get_the_term_list( get_the_ID(), 'tax_name', "Text Before Value ",", " )
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Excellent solution – Mayeenul Islam Sep 7 '14 at 8:12
best solution for me – sb0k Dec 19 '15 at 16:38

I found another method that more directly answers my question:

<?php $terms_as_text = get_the_term_list( $post->ID,'people', 'People: ', ', ');
if (!empty($terms_as_text)) echo '<p>', strip_tags($terms_as_text) ,'</p>'; ?>

Credit: CSS Tricks

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don't do that. use Joe's solution, but with wp_get_post_terms($post->ID, 'people') instead of wp_get_post_tags() – onetrickpony Apr 19 '11 at 6:04

Using strip_tags() gets complicated if you want to show your terms as an HTML list. Here, there's something for you. $raw set to true (or anything that's not empty) will just create an inline list with the $separator of your choice, if not, it will generate an HTML list without links. If you want your list to have a styled title, set the $titletag to, say H1 or H2. If you don't want a title, just leave $title empty.

function show_tax($taxname, $title, $title_tag, $raw, $separator){
    $terms = get_the_terms($post->ID, $taxname);
    $out = '';
    if (!empty($title)){
            $title_tag = 'span';
            $out .= '<'.$title_tag.'>'.$title.'</'.$title_tag.'>';
    if (!empty($raw)){
                $out = implode($separator, $terms);

            $out .= '<ul>';
                foreach ( $terms as $term ){
                            $out .='<li>'.$term->name.'</li> ';
                $out .= '</ul>';

            return $out;

Example of use:

echo show_tax('people', 'PEOPLE', 'h3', '', ''); //An html list with PEOPLE as title
echo show_tax('people', 'PEOPLE:', '', true, ','); //An inline list with PEOPLE: as before text
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