->'''Moss:''' No. What do you mean? Have I talked to him about this... [pause]\\
'''Aaronow:''' Yes. I mean are you actually talking about this, or are we just...\\
'''Moss:''' No, we're just...\\
'''Aaronow:''' We're just "talking" about it.\\
'''Moss:''' We're just speaking about it. [pause] As an idea.\\
'''Aaronow:''' As an idea.\\
'''Moss:''' Yes.\\
'''Aaronow:''' We're not actually talking about it.\\
'''Moss:''' No.\\
'''Aaronow:''' Talking about it as a...\\
'''Moss:''' No.\\
'''Aaronow:''' As a robbery.\\
'''Moss:''' As a "robbery"? No.
-->-- ''Theatre/GlengarryGlenRoss''

American writer Creator/DavidMamet is probably most famous for his distinctive style of writing fast, clever, edgy dialogue. When a playwright wins a Pulitzer Prize, his style does not often go without imitation. Mamet's often-imitated dialogue style is called Mamet Speak.

Mamet Speak has the following qualities:
* It is fast. Characters speak in quick succession, frequently cutting each other off, finishing each other's sentences, and repeating themselves whilst the other speaks.
* It is loaded with jargon. If two characters work in the same field, expect them to use words and concepts specific to that field without stopping or even slowing down to make sure the non-professional audience can follow along. Consequently, expect as little {{Exposition}} as possible.
* It is frequently focused on semantics. Mamet's characters are known for manipulating language itself to get what they want, or at least discussing the importance of their particular language.
* It is almost always "vulgar". In keeping with Mamet's general domain of tough-talking characters, ClusterFBomb is the name of the game. (Creator/RogerEbert once titled a Movie Glossary entry the "Mamet Dammit" while noting that the swears in question usually weren't that mild.)

Compare RapidFireInterrupting, where the interrupting is one-sided. Also related to WorldOfSnark.


[[folder: Comics ]]

* Creator/BrianMichaelBendis does this in his works, some even call him the "Mamet of Comics". He variously refers to Mamet as his god, his hero and his go-to source of inspiration.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Creator/QuentinTarantino has listed David Mamet as one of the key inspirations for his own style of dialogue.
* ''Film/IronMan2'' ramped this up immensely from the first one, in that other characters aside from Tony Stark started doing it.
* Some of the dialogue in ''Film/{{Primer}}'' is like this, with characters talking over each other and answering with quick, short lines.
* 40's film director Howard Hawks favored a style of dialog similar to Mamet's, especially in terms of speed and overlap. He had to do without the cussing, of course.
* Possibly referenced in a couple lines of dialogue from ''Film/TheToxicAvengerPartII'', of all places:
-->'''Apocalypse Inc. Chairman''': "Neither a borrower, nor a lender be"... Shakespeare.\\
'''Homeless Woman''': "Fuck You"... David Mamet.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Creator/AaronSorkin's distinctive dialogue style (as heard in ''Series/TheWestWing,'' ''[[Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip Studio 60]],'' and ''Series/TheNewsroom'') is similar, though with less cursing and less of characters talking over each other. And arguably more {{Author Filibuster}}s.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' uses this, although it has indulgent fun with particularly surreal swearing.


[[folder: New Media ]]

* A delicious send-up of a possible dialogue from the upcoming ''Anne Frank'' movie is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpb6zCeM4uY here]].


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* Naturally, the works of Creator/DavidMamet himself.
** Adjusted somewhat in ''Theatre/BostonMarriage'', which is set in the 19th century instead of contemporary times. It's relatively restrained when it comes to vulgar language, for one thing, leaning more toward the PrecisionFStrike than the ClusterFBomb (but the f-bomb does indeed get dropped).
* Joyce Carol Oates' ''Tone Clusters'', while scant on the swearing, contains a great deal of the Gulicks rapidly talking over one another at great length, and constantly repeating one another.
* The first scene between Roy and Joe in ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'' contains a lot of this, with Joe's attempts to get a word in edgewise between Roy's onslaughts of speech.
* Neil La Bute uses a lot of this, particularly in ''reasons to be pretty'' and ''In a Dark, Dark House''.
* ''Theatre/ExtraPulp'' is completely built around this trope. All of the characters speak in short, profanity-ridden sentences that overlap and repeat each other.
* Parodied in "Speed-the-Play" by Creator/DavidIves.
* Ensemble numbers in Music/StephenSondheim musicals sometimes approach this, with characters quickly interjecting comments with sixteenth-note precision. In "Another National Anthem" from ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}'', the following lines are sung in quick succession:
-->'''Byck''': Yeah, it's never gonna happen, is it? No, sir.\\
'''Czogolsz''': Never.\\
'''Byck''': No, we're never gonna get the prize--\\
'''Fromme''': No one listens.\\
'''Byck''': Are we?\\
'''Zangara''': Never!\\
'''Byck''': No, it doesn't make a bit of difference, does it?\\
'''Others''' ''(Variously)'' Didn't. Ever.\\
'''Byck''': Fuck it!\\
'''Others''': Spread the word...

[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Each episode being only a few minutes long at most, ''WebVideo/HeyAshWhatchaPlayin'' is rife with constant dialogue back and forths, snappy sentences and a fair amount of cursing.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' is a great example, with every character getting in on the fun.
** Similarly, ''WesternAnimation/{{BobsBurgers}}'' fits this as well.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Tiger Woods' proclivity for profanity after an awry golf shot led ''Magazine/SportsIllustrated'' writer Joe Posnanski to write, "When he hits a shot that's only 90% perfect, Woods [[InvokedTrope rants like he's in a David Mamet production.]]"
* Frequent Mamet collaborator Creator/WilliamHMacy was once asked in an interview if David Mamet could finish a sentence without a ClusterFBomb. His response? [[PrecisionFStrike "Absofuckinglutely!"]]