When a character acts as if the words they are trying to say are so repugnant or alien to them, that they are almost physically incapable of saying them at least the first time around. This results in them biting out the words through gritted teeth or slurring and stuttering on the words a few times before ''finally'' saying it properly. Possibly followed by a command that they should enjoy hearing that because it's the last time they ever will.

Reasons for this may be a prideful or arrogant character finally breaks down to admit the hero did a good job. Or [[TheUnapologetic someone who never apologizes]], finally does and the experience doesn't agree with them.

Related to CanNotSpitItOut, {{Angrish}} and EmotionallyTongueTied. Often used in conjunction with DumbassHasAPoint and ICantBelieveImSayingThis. May be a CrowningMomentOfFunny if the situation is [[BigHam really hammed up.]]



* An [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VJ2RuxEj1Q ad for Miller Lite]] has a man stumbling over the words "I Love You" to his girlfriend (after she said it to him) but has no trouble saying "I'd love one" to a waitress asking if he'd like another.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/MidoriDays'': Seiji is incapable of saying "I love you" to Midori, even as a throwaway and joking way.
* Taken UpToEleven in ''Manga/OnePiece'' when Sanji has no choice but to admit that his [[FacialCompositeFailure poorly-drawn Wanted poster]] is, in fact, him. This is such a monumental effort for him that it results in ''BloodFromTheMouth'' before he can finally get the words out.

* Creator/RichardPryor once did a standup bit about a black activist who had great difficulty spitting out the word "white".

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In Creator/PhilFoglio's comic adaptation of ''ComicBook/MythAdventures'', Aahz [[https://web.archive.org/web/20150428205615/http://www.airshipentertainment.com/mythcomic.php?date=20110127 has a problem with the word "give"]].
* ''ComicBook/TheChroniclesOfWormwood'': No one can lie in Jay's presence, what with him being Jesus. When Danny has his girlfriend try to tell one, it comes out this way...
--> My parents were elefffff- elephhhh- Why can't I say elephants?
:: ... so that she'll know he really does love her.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* One strip of ''ComicStrip/ShermansLagoon'' shows Megan is incapable of admitting her normally dull-witted husband was right.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''[[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged]]'': In episode 55 when [[spoiler:Seto ]]has to express his love towards his sibling.
* ''[[WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged Dragon Ball Z Abridged]]'', Episode 19:
-->'''Vegeta:''' Every fiber of my being wants to puke at once when I say this, but I need your hehh... I need your heehhHhH...\\
'''Gohan:''' You need our help?\\
'''Vegeta:''' That, yes.
* ''WebVideo/PokemonPals'': When Brock has to tell Ash " I believe in you."

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheChipmunkAdventure'', Brittany can't bring herself to say she is wrong, and changes the subject instead.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Storks}}'', Junior doesn't have the heart to fire Tulip after her ObliviousGuiltSlinging, despite his efforts, so he simply gives her a job somewhere where she won't be any trouble.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Valentine in ''Film/MirrorMask'' attempting to apologise to Helena: "If I were to say... s... s... so... something apologetic... it would reflect my feelings in this matter." (Valentine's inability to say, "I'm sorry," is something of a running joke in the film.) He does eventually manage to actually apologise, when his life depends on it. The end credits theme about him is called "The Apology Song".
* In ''Film/LiarLiar'', Creator/JimCarrey's character is physically incapable of lying. Even in writing. This culminates in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAE7uOO_4v4&t=31 scene where he tries and fails]] to say that a blue pen is, in fact, red.
* Otto in ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'' has a big problem with apologizing.
-->'''Otto:''' Oh, I'm so very, very, very ssssssssssssSUCK YOU!
* In ''Film/NannyMcPhee'', Creator/ColinFirth's character stumbles over [[spoiler:"wife" and "fiancee"]] when referring to Selma Quickly.
* PlayedForDrama in ''Film/HarryPotter'' when Harry asks Hagrid about the person who gave him his scar.
-->'''Harry:''' He killed my parents, didn't he? The one who gave me this. You know, Hagrid, I know you do.\\
'''Hagrid:''' First, and understand this, Harry, 'cause it's very important. Not all wizards are good. Some of them go bad. A few years ago there was one wizard who went as bad as you can go. And his name was V--... his name was V--...\\
'''Harry:''' Maybe if you wrote it down?\\
'''Hagrid:''' No, I can't spell it. All right. His name was Voldemort.\\
'''Harry:''' Voldemort?\\
'''Hagrid:''' Shh!!
* In ''Film/DemonKnight'', when the Collector tries to tell [[spoiler:Jeryline]] he loves [[spoiler:her]], he can't even finish the word. It's not the concept of love he has trouble with, as he very effectively manipulated Cordelia with that, but he comes off as unable to stomach actually saying it even as a lie.

* From ''Literature/LuckyStarr and the Oceans of Venus'':
-->''"[[[AirVentPassageway The air ducts]] are] not as big as all that," said Morriss.\\
[[IronicNickname Bigman]] swallowed painfully. It cost him a great deal to make the next statement. "[[TheNapoleon I'm not as big as all that, either]]. Maybe I'll fit."''
* ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'':
-->''And thus it was that on election day, [[RunningGag October 8]], 1968, the voters went to the polls and elected, as leader of the greatest nation that the world has ever seen, President Richard Milhous N...\\
President Richard M...\\
President R...\\
Please don't make us do this.''
* ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'': Scrooge meets two [[UncannyValley horrible, twisted children,]] Ignorance and Want:
--> Having them shown to him in this way, he tried to say they were fine children, but the words choked themselves, rather than be parties to a lie of such enormous magnitude.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** Happens hilariously when CynicalMentor Dr.Cox finally tells J.D. that he's a good doctor. He looks like he is going to throw up.
** The season 8 finale (originally intended to be the series finale) has Doctor Cox admit that JD is a better doctor than most doctors he's ever met, without stumbling and with lots of conviction. When he finds out that JD was ''actually listening'' when he said it, he looks like he's going to be sick.
* ''Series/HappyDays'':
** Fonzie is physically incapable of saying he is wrong.
--->'''Fonzie:''' I was wr... I was wrrr... I was wrrrr... What I'm trying to say is that I wasn't exactly right.
* ''Series/TheDailyShowWithJonStewart'': Jon Stewart does this, a recent example was when he said he... gag... liked Bill O'Reilly. Often involves faking that you just threw up in your mouth.
* Creator/StephenColbert from the spin off ''Series/TheColbertReport'', has also done this a few times. He once gagged on ''thinking'' about saying "Speaker Pelosi".
* An episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' back during Bush's presidency (the first one) had Dana Carvey's version struggling to say that he was going to have to raise taxes.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** Lister's attempts to teach Kryten to lie and insult people end up like this.
--->'''Lister:''' (''holding up a banana'') What is it?\\
'''Kryten:''' It's an orrr... it's an orrr...\\
'''Lister:''' It's an orange! Come on, say it! This. Is. An orange!
** And again, Lister trying to teach Kryten to insult Rimmer.
--->'''Lister:''' How do you describe the gentleman who's just been on the screen?\\
'''Kryten:''' He's mister... He's a Smeeee. He's a Smeeeee. He's a Smeeeeg Heeeead! I did it!

** Then got brought back as a BrickJoke later that episode when Kryten disobeys orders [[DirtyCoward from Rimmer]] to stage a rescue mission.
--->'''Rimmer:''' I was glad to get rid of him; he's flipped! He's got mad droid disease; he kept waving a banana in front of me and saying it was a female aardvark!
* On ''Series/FamilyTies'', Steven suffers from this:
-->'''Steven:''' Elyse, my vocabulary develops very slowly. It took three years for me to say "President N-N-Nixon."
* In the ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' episode "Pawnee Commons", Leslie has trouble saying sorry to a park designer from Eagleton, [[SmallTownRivalry a town towards which she has a deep animosity]].
* ''Series/{{House}}'': Used sarcastically by House when he tries to say he was wrrr... wrnnnn... wronnnn... rng...
* [[LoveableAlphaBitch Maddie]] of ''Series/EveryWitchWay'' once had physical difficulty asking Emma for help. (She managed, but the "Emma" in questioned turned out to be an Evil Clone. The results weren't pretty.)

* In the Broadway version of Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', [[CharacterExaggeration this happens to the Beast when he tries to use the word 'please'.]]
* In one production of ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', Benedick gets stuck trying to say the word "love". The best he can manage is "Llllllllllllll..."
* In ''Theatre/BellBookAndCandle'', Gillian struggles to out herself to Shep as a witch:
-->'''Gillian''' ''(she makes two desperate, determined efforts, and nothing comes out. Then, at last, her voice strangling so that it comes out in almost a squeak)'': Shep--I'm one.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the Smuggler storyline of ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', one of the dialogue options is to react this way when a crimelord named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Rogun the Butcher]] demands that they pay and apologize for losing a weapons shipment at the beginning of the game. Given that this is [[{{Troll}} the Smuggler]], that said loss was due to circumstances entirely beyond their control, and that Rogun has been trying to kill them for most of the game, this is certainly deliberate.
-->'''Smuggler:''' I'm s... I'm sor... I am... incredibly good looking! Nope. Can't.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In episode 3 of the ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' mini-series "Where There is a Will, There is a Wall", Church and Tucker compete to get Caboose to come towards them to win a contest between themselves and when Church tries to call Caboose his best friend, he chokes on the words and chooses to forfeit.
* One episode of ''WebVideo/ZeroPunctuation'' had Yatzee chokingly force the word "cinematic", and it was depicted as written in entrails when he finally got it out.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/3/9/ In a strip from]] ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', Gabe attempts to swallow his previous bile so he can buy a [=PS3=].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007452 Caliborn claims]] that positive relationships are so foreign to his species that he can't talk about them without involuntarily flailing. However, it's entirely possible that Caliborn is just saying that to screw with Jane.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1943 shortly after they started dating]]:
-->'''Angus:''' Say Iím your boyfriend.
-->'''Faye:''' Fine. Youíre my boafregh. My boyfremb (Ö) borthrelm (Ö) boyfling''dammit Iím sorry''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': In "The Fuss," Nicole believes that Richard [[ForgottenAnniversary forgot their anniversary]], but it turns out that she got the date wrong because [[HadTheSillyThingInReverse her calendar was upside down]] and she thought [[SixIsNine it was November 1 when it was actually October 11]]. Even then, Nicole is, in Anais' words, "pathologically incapable" of admitting she was wrong.
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'': At one point, Brain asks Pinky how the former can be more like the latter, noting "...the words are hot in my throat..."
* On ''{{WesternAnimation/SpongeBob SquarePants}}'', Squidward has a hard time saying "I'm sorry" to [=SpongeBob=]. So hard, in fact, that at one point [[YourHeadAsplode his head explodes]].
* Buttercup of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' has this problem sometimes when she has to apologize.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' "The Dentist," it takes Dan great effort (he actually starts sweating from the strain) to say "Thank you," to Elise. He has a much easier time in "Ye Olde Shakespeare Theatre."
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has a ShoutOut to ''Series/HappyDays'', when Peter establishes the church of the Fonz. Brian tells him that what he is doing is wrong and after stumbling on the word, Peter explains he can't say it because everything is right when you worship the Fonz.
* Another reference appeared in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'''s "Film/{{The Pursuit of Happy|ness}} Days".
-->'''Chachi:''' Did mom leave because of me?\\
'''Fonz:''' Look Chachi, I don't really know who your mom is. But by leaving you she was wr-wr-wr.... She was wr-wr-wr... She was a bitch!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'': As revealed in "Sickly Sweet," Mandy is such a {{Jerkass}} that she can barely say "please."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'' episode "The Little Witch," Lucinda, the eponymous witch, decides to change her ways, and Sofia suggests she start by apologizing to all of the people she hexed. She practices saying "sorry," but only succeeds in making her hat spark. Fortunately, she gets the word out in front of actual people. She's very impressed with herself when she manages to say it a second time.
* The fourth season finale of ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' involves the band about to split up due to a conflict between Nathan and Pickles. Pickles says he'll stay, but only if Nathan apologizes to him, which he believes he's incapable of doing. When Nathan gives a eulogy for the man in charge of their record label, he manages to do it. It ends up being perhaps ''the'' most painful looking apology you're ever likely to see. It makes him ''vomit blood''.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/The7D'', Lord Starchbottom has to call on the 7D for help by ringing the Bing Bong Bell, but he is so loathe to do it that he can hardly get the name out.
* Near the end of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Dungeons and Discords", Discord struggles to spit out an apology to Spike and Big Macintosh for making fun of them and dragging down their "guys' night" of playing ''Ogres and Oubliettes''.