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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Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman is a senior reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's enterprise team, where she covers women in society, LGBTQ issues, the urban-rural...