Used in reference to sexual activity conducted roughly and quickly, without tenderness.
- ‘I want to make the reader feel that these two people really care about each other deeply rather than just, you know, wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am kind of thing.’
- ‘Paul and Mary fall gently and genuinely in love with one another, much to the displeasure of Tip, who knows every intimate detail of Paul's sexual history as a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am kind of guy.’
- ‘Renditions of ‘Watch That Man,’ ‘Let's Spend the Night Together’ and ‘Suffragette City’ are just as hot - clearly, this band is going out not with a whimper but a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am.’
- ‘Beware men who say cricket is too slow (see wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am, above) or who tell you that the sport is gay, thinking you'll assume they are not.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.