that's what I'm talking about

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  • Strong emphasis on that


that's what I'm talking about

  1. Used to express enthusiastic support for the referent of that.
    • 1954, Jean Kerr, King of hearts‎, page 32:
      Daisy Mae just says that the Fiendo-Monster wanted to be sure everybody could see his whole face so he shaved off his mustache.
      [Larry] There! That's what I'm talking about. When he turns around he's going to look like me.
    • 1967, Jimi Hendrix, “Fire” (song), in Are You Experienced (album): 
      Yeah, you know what I'm talking 'bout / Yeah, get on with it, baby / That's what I'm talking 'bout / Now dig this!
    • 1968, James Baldwin, The Amen Corner, page 46:
      [Sister Moore] Is she been trying to serve the Lord? Or is she just wanted to put herself up over everybody else?
      [Brother Boxer] Now, that's what I'm talking about. The Word say, You going to know a tree by it's fruit. And we ain't been seeing such good fruit from Sister Margaret.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The term has become a catch phrase derived from its ordinary meaning in conversation.