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I've heard this kind of phrase recently.

When your shoelaces come undone and you trip. That.

I'm confused about the use of That. Any comments?

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    I've seen "This" and "That" used as a way of emphasis in written communication. Usually things like Facebook, other social media, and text messaging.
    – VampDuc
    Nov 6, 2015 at 18:38
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    @Nathaniel - I think what the speaker says beforehand is more important. (I think this one-word sentence is a shorthand for That's a good example of what I was just talking about.)
    – J.R.
    Nov 6, 2015 at 18:38
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    Context is key. Do you know what was said/expressed just before your example?
    – JCG
    Nov 6, 2015 at 19:07
  • @JCG "What really makes you annoyed?"? Nov 6, 2015 at 19:51
  • @Edwin Ashworth - Come again? Oh......now I get it, good one!
    – JCG
    Nov 6, 2015 at 19:57

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Generally occurs immediately after the description of some scenario:

You know when someone ties your shoestrings together and you trip?  That.

Basically, it's short for "I'm talking about that scenario."

I suppose, by the "rules" of elision in English, it can be argued to be "legal" syntax, though it's probably best considered to be "informal".

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It's an emphasis. As in, "that really ruined my moment".

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