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Examples! Of! Punctuated! For! Emphasis! In! Real! Life!

  • "Ladies and gentlemen! START! YOUR! ENGINES!"
  • Most. Overused. Emphasis. Technique. Ever.
  • "My name is Joe, and I! Am! Canadian! Thank you."
  • BACK! OF! STEEL! SHOULDER! OF! STEEL! TRANSVESTITE! OF! STEEL! SET! OF! CARDBOARD! — Courtesy of The Rocky Horror Picture Show audiences.
  • Gordon Ramsay has pretty much his whole screen image built on this sort of thing — he gets quite passionate about food (and irritated by idiots). Just like the Hell's Kitchen example in Live Action TV.
  • Nearly... Everything that... William Shatner... Ever said. He... Speaks... in a... very... Staccato manner.
    • Lampshaded by himself onstage at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, when he said (punctuated by the words appearing on a screen behind him) — "And I don't talk like EVERY! WORD! IS! ITS! OWN! SENTENCE!"
    • Back before Teleprompters were common, P.J. O'Rourke observed that politicians would read out their prepared speeches this way, interrupted by page-turning at the most inconvenient possible moment: "We are in a position! To mandate large expenditures! By both state and local governments! But we are not!" rustlerustlerustle "Giving them financial aid!"
  • Sometimes happens in various chatrooms only to be kicked out for flooding if entered word per word.
  • Many people recite prayers in this manner. "For the kingdom! and the power! and the glory! are yours! now! and forever! A!-men!
    • Similarly, some Southern Gospel preachers. "And the LORD! SAID! that you will be SANCTIFIED! by the BLOOD! of JAY-ZUZZ!"
  • "JAN! KEN! PON!" ("Rock! Paper! Scissors!", and even other three-syllable phrases)
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  • The traditional way to start a race or other competition: "READY! SET! GO!".
  • Said in countless variations when a movie begins filming a take: LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!
    • A common misconception, actually (or, at the very least, a very outdated one). It generally goes something like this: "Rolling." "Sound speed." "ACTION!"
  • "On the count of three: ONE! TWO! THREE!"
  • "FIVE! FOUR! THREE! TWO! ONE! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!" ("Should auld acquaintance be forgot...", etc)
  • Barack Obama got elected on the Catchphrase Yes! We! Can!.
  • Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft: "I have four words for you: I. LOVE. THIS. COMPANY. YEEEEEEEESSSS!!"
  • For American Football, as popularized by Howard Cosell and Chris Berman: "He could! Go! All! The! Way!"
  • Don't! Buy! Thai! was a grass-roots boycott organized in part by Andrew Vachss in the 1990s, encouraging people to boycott products that are made in Thailand in protest of the spread of child prostitution in that country. The boycott lost steam around 2000.
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  • Satoru Iwata introducing the Nintendo 3DS at the Nintendo E3 2010 conference:
    Iwata: Everyone. This. Is. Nintendo. 3. D. S.
  • Disney Theme Parks: The Back. Side. Of. Water!
  • The memetically infamous Itschriscrocker video on YouTube: LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!
  • Félix Rodriguez de la Fuente spoke like this too (At least on El Hombre Y La Tierra).
  • George H.W. Bush used this trope twice:
    • "Read. My. Lips."
    • "No. New. Taxes."
  • Bill Clinton Did not. Have. Sexual. Relations. With. That. Woman.
  • Ronald Reagan wanted Mr. Gorbachev to "Tear. Down. This. Wall!"
  • Ex-president of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (2001-2010) said, regarding allegations that she had spoken with Election Commissioner Virgilio "Garci" Garcillano on rigging the votes of the 2004 election in her favor, I. Am. Sorry.
  • Peter Dickson, the Voiceover Man of E4 and The X Factor, among others: IT'S TIME. TO TASTE. THE MUESLI!
  • Beliefnet: Never. Ever. Give. Up.
  • You'll find this done quite a bit by members in This Very Wiki, which are Potholed to this very page.
  • The advertisting slogan for California Pistachios: "Big. Open. Pistachios."
  • In a well known, nasally, British accent, Robin Leach of "Lifestyles... of the Rich. And. Famous."
  • Rep. Anthony Weiner during an incensed and impassioned speech ended with saying his opponent, "Instead of [...] defending [his] colleagues in voting no on this humane bill, [...] should urge them to vote yes, something the gentleman HAS! NOT! DONE!"
  • Back in May 2011, the United States Secret Service tweeted: had to monitor Fox for a story. Can’t. Deal. With. The. Blathering.
  • Done to an obnoxious customer in Not Always Right.
  • Some poets have hit upon using commas for emphasis. In, some, cases, after, every, word.
    • Others — like — to — use — dashes.
  • The motto of the Deutsche Marine, the navy of modern Germany, is "Wir. Dienen. Deutschland." (We. Serve. Germany.)
  • After a particularly bizarre set of polls were released during the 2012 election, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight tweeted in exasperation "The. Polls. Have. Stopped. Making. Any. Sense." Context can be seen here.
  • The crew of this British railway gun during WWI.
  • The October 11th, 2013 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education has a cover featuring a picture of Stalin with the caption "Worst. Editor. Ever."
  • When asked if his struggling football team would let up in their effort to make the playoffs in order to land a high draft pick in the off-season, New York Jets head coach Herman Edwards gave the media this classic response: "Hello - you PLAY - to WIN - the GAME!"
  • When a Washington Nationals baseball player hits a home run, the trademark call of Nationals TV announcer Bob Carpenter is "See! You! Later!"
  • Formula One commentator Murray Walker upon witnessing the 13-car pile-up at the start of the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix: "This is the worst start to a Grand Prix that I have ever seen in the whole. Of my. Life." Given that Murray had commentated on races with first-lap fatalities, and was famed for his Motor Mouth tendencies, it really got across how shocked he was.note 
  • Accompanied by Punctuated Pounding and immediately followed by a Precision F-Strike when Fox News anchor Shepard "Shep" Smithnote  made his feelings on the use of torture abundantly clear:
    Shep Smith: We! Are! AMERICA!! We don't fucking torture! We don't do it!
  • Gary Trudeau on Donald Trump in 1987: "Biggest. Asshole. Ever. Must draw." He did.
  • It's become something of a trend to make angry all-caps posts on Twitter with clapping emojis in between every word.
  • Infamously happened when Howard Cosell broke the news of John Lennon's death on Monday Night Football: "Dead. On. Arrival."
  • After Harold Camping wrongly predicted the end of the world, he was asked if he would dissolve his company/church Family Radio. His Answer? "I. Am. Not. The. C. E. O."
  • In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta ran the cover headline "RUSSIA. BOMBS. UKRAINE." and announced its opposition to the war in both Russian and Ukrainian.
    • Four months later, Popular Mechanics' cover had the headline "EVERY. SINGLE. DRONE. Fighting in the skies over Ukraine".