The day a former pharmacist sent us hunting on Urban Dictionary

WASHINGTON — It’s not every day that a Savannah-area baby boomer can stump a millennial like your Insider when it comes to slang, but then again there have been a lot of surprises in the nation’s capital lately.

It all originated from a comment U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter made on MSNBC this afternoon that has been making the rounds on social media.

Anchor Ali Velshi had asked the Pooler Republican about what he made of President Donald Trump calling out Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Twitter this morning for voting against opening Senate debate on health care. That’s when Carter responded with something about knots needing to be snatched from specific places, a phrase yours truly had to look up on the interwebs. (To save you some time on Google , it means to smack someone as an act retribution.)

Here’s Carter’s full response:

“I think it’s perfectly fair. Let me tell you, somebody needs to go over there to that Senate and snatch a knot in their ass. I’m telling you, it has gotten to the point where, how can you say ‘I voted for this last year, but I’m not going to vote for it this year?’ This is extremely frustrating for those of us who have put so much into this effort.”

You can watch the exchange below:

Some took Carter’s response to mean he wanted to smack Murkowski.

“For the second time in three days, a male GOP representative has made a threat of physical violence against a female Senator of his own party. These are no longer one-offs; this is a trend for the Republican Party,” said Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of the women’s advocacy organization UltraViolet, referring to a comment made earlier this week by Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas.

A spokeswoman insisted Carter’s ire was directed not at one specific senator but the chamber as a whole.

“Rep. Carter’s comment was in no way directed towards Senator Murkowski specifically,” said Mary Carpenter, Carter’s communications director. “His words speak for themselves that he was not speaking about a single senator. This is a southern phrase used frequently throughout Rep. Carter’s lifetime which simply means get your act together.”

Your Insider was raised in Virginia (which, yes, is the South) and had never heard the phrase. Call me a confused millennial.

 

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Louise Frazier
Louise Frazier

I have a book to recommend to Representative Carter. It is called "Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned In Kindergarten." I am saying this in all sincerity. Our political rhetoric has gotten so coarse. We really need to be reminded these days to treat each other better. This book came out in the Seventies as I recall and it emphasized civility and kindness toward others as in The Golden Rule.

Frank Cicalese
Frank Cicalese

Another Liberal "much ado about nothing" story. If it wasn't for whining, innuendo, hearsay, and intentional misrepresentation would the AJC, and this Liberal website even exist?

Edwin E. Akins II
Edwin E. Akins II

What an embarrassment. Elect fools and you get foolish statements.

Ben L Rainey
Ben L Rainey

You and your rat friends are clueless about speech as are most liberals.

Russell Wilder
Russell Wilder

"It’s not every day that a Savannah-area baby boomer can stump a millennial like your Insider when it comes to slang, but then again there have been a lot of surprises in the nation’s capital lately." Another uppity Atlanta yankee. This is why we need Atlanta to secede from Georgia. They don't even speak our language.

Dean Walton
Dean Walton

I grew up on a dirt road in Paulding county, and I have NO idea what that phrase means.

BPM1978
BPM1978

Rep. Carter you spent 27 hours to reshape 1/6 of the U.S. economy? Give me a brake! You and your committee need to go back and create a better bill using ideas for left and right. The ARROGANCE!!

Jason Donley
Jason Donley

My mother used to threaten to jerk a knot in my a$$ from time to time.

Maria Schell
Maria Schell

I grew up in Southern California, and know what he meant. I can't imagine anyone being that socially obtuse, not even a millinial.

Kirk Alan Parks
Kirk Alan Parks

I think your wrong it is the Democratic Party that beats people into submission

Patricia Evans
Patricia Evans

Stay STRONG Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins! The women of the country THANK YOU both for being reasonable and showing the country WHY we need MORE WOMEN in Congress and LESS old white males (especially OLD WHITE MALES from the SOUTH). I'm calling both of your offices to thank you!

Kathy Morris
Kathy Morris

I've never heard this phrase and have lived in Georgia for 30 years.

Roger Smith
Roger Smith

About 300 million Americans can't see that the media and politicians are playing them like a fiddle

Ben Bryant
Ben Bryant

Everybody instinctively knows what it means; Virginia is in the south but it's not really of the south, the same as Florida because of the diverse demographics and politics.

Dean Walton
Dean Walton

I grew up on a dirt road in Paulding county, and I have NO idea what that phrase means.

Marceline Crutchfield
Marceline Crutchfield

I grew up in Chatham County. I heard this comment all the time. I know what it means & so does Buddy!

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Marilyn Mitchell Davidson
Marilyn Mitchell Davidson

Low class comment. He needs to improve his vocabulary. He's in Washington, DC. Maybe he shouldn't be there. #notworthy

Archie Thompson
Archie Thompson

Marilyn, I disagree. I think we need more in DC like Buddy and drain the swamp of the entitled Elitests and idiots that have overtaken DC and that are holding our country and the taxpayer hostage.

Cherri Burnes Tucker
Cherri Burnes Tucker

I think what concerns me the most is his comment about serving on the "healthcare subcommittee" and that they met for 27.5 hours to come up with the American Healthcare Act!! How can they develop something of this magnitude in 27.5 hours? How does the American Healthcare Act impact him and the others in Congress? If it impacted them I bet they would spend a lot more than 27.5 hours developing it. \U0001f621\U0001f621

Larry Clark
Larry Clark

What is questionable about it? Congress needs to get on with it

Joan Williams
Joan Williams

Am sorta,irritated that these good ole boys are laughing and having a good time whole our hopes for a new HEALTHCARE PLAN go down the tubes. I am very disappointed and discouraged by the confusion and lack of confusion evident within the Republican ranks in the Senate. I am even more irate at the democrats who haven't done one thing to break their "RESIST"MENTALITY OF GOVERNING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. SHAMEFUL AND I HOLD PRLOSI AND SCHUMER PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE. THEY AND THE 7 REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED NO, INCLUDING MCCAIN OF COURSE, ARE HURTING THE AMERICANS WHO PUT THEM IN OFFICE. I HOPE THEY ALL LOSE THEIR SEATS NEXT ELECTION.

Rhonda Chambers
Rhonda Chambers

Right now the dems have no power, you need to be more concerned about the people of your state who keep voting for these foolish nuts, they're the biggest part of the problem.

Larry Clark
Larry Clark

Rhonda Chambers Which "foolish nuts"? YOu have options?

Patricia Evans
Patricia Evans

Nothing "good" about it that voting him OUT and replacing HIM with a WOMAN will fix! Go Lisa and Susan! Thank you for all the women in the country!!

Matthew Pociask
Matthew Pociask

How can a guy named "Buddy" turn out to be such a violent jerk?

Michael Mallory
Michael Mallory

I know for a fact this goes back to the late 50's when I had mine removed the first time

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

Well, this #gayRepublican should be helping people like him and every other American.

John T. O'Neal
John T. O'Neal

I heard that phrase, or something similar, all through childhood. Usually when I was doing something bad. Musta been a Yankee who wrote this one \U0001f60e

Lacey Houghton
Lacey Houghton

Born and raised in a Georgia map-dot and I've never heard this one. It's not difficult to get the gist of it though.

Mildred Tice
Mildred Tice

I have heard this -- however, I do not think it shows much manners. He is trying to get attention, and since he knows nothin any better to talke about, he'll just pull up some grammer-school left-over words to use.

Cordelia Ann Sheppard Riley
Cordelia Ann Sheppard Riley

Naw. That is How it was used in my childhood and gow I use it with my kids and we are all southerners for the last 150 if not. Longer.

Ter Sul
Ter Sul

According to Buddy it is actually a common southern phrase. Not that that makes it ok to say.

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SSINative
SSINative

And call me an embarrassed and disgusted constituent!  The failure of this Republican controlled Congress is directly related to the caliber of representation we have elected.