An adjective describing the manner of speech used by William Shatner, particularly in so-called "Kirk Monlogues". Contrary to popular belief, this is not just pausing in random places when speaking - stressing syllables at odd times also makes a large contribution.

This style of speech was developed out of necessity when Shatner single-handed saved a failing 1958 Broadway production of "The World of Suzie Wong." Every night after the intermission, audience members would leave in droves. So to keep it interesting, Shatner being shouting his lines - "VEAL CUTLET!". And so, an acting style was born.

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