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 '15 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 '15 at 18:38
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    Context is key. Do you know what was said/expressed just before your example? – JCG Nov 6 '15 at 19:07
  • @JCG "What really makes you annoyed?"? – Edwin Ashworth Nov 6 '15 at 19:51
  • @Edwin Ashworth - Come again? Oh......now I get it, good one! – JCG Nov 6 '15 at 19:57

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".


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

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