- Merriam-Webster took it upon itself to define what a “key bump” is.
- The dictonary tweeted out the definition in the wake of Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s recent comments.
- Last week, Cawthorn said he observed a promiment official doing a “key bump of cocaine.”
Merriam-Webster took it upon itself on Wednesday to describe to the world what a “key bump” is after Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s recent comments that he observed a prominent official snort cocaine in such a manner.
“A ‘bump,’ in this context, may be defined as “a small quantity of an illicit drug when inhaled in powdered form at one time.” We do not enter ‘key bump’ as a fixed phrase, as it has not yet Demonstrated wide currency of use,” the dictionary giant wrote on Twitter.
—Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) March 30, 2022
Unlike its more high-brow Oxford cousin, Merriam-Webster appears to relish weighing in on the cultural zeitgeist. The dictionary also adds a series of words each year that often represent some of the biggest touchstones of the moment. Last October, editors added 445 new words, including “dad bod” and “deplatform.”
Cawthorn, a far-right freshman lawmaker from North Carolina, has once raised again his colleagues’ ire. Last week, he was asked how realistic real-life DC is to the
drama “House of Cards.” Cawthorn told the “Warrior Poet Society” podcast that some Washington elites invited him to an orgy and that he also observed prominent figures who were “on the movement to try and remove addiction in our county” doing “a key bump of cocaine” in front of him.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise privately met with Cawthorn for roughly 30 minutes on Wednesday, according to Politico.
McCarthy publicly rebuked Cawthorn after his private meeting with the lawmaker, telling reporters that Cawthorn had “lost my trust” and “is gonna have to earn it back.”
“You can’t just say you can’t do this again. I mean, he’s, he’s gonna — He’s got a lot of members very upset,” McCarthy told reporters, according to Axios’ Alayna Treene. “There’s no evidence to this.”
McCarthy added that Cawthorn told him that he had exaggerated some of his claims.
Cawthorn did not respond to Politico’s Olivia Beaver’s questions as he left the meeting. Politico reported that lawmakers in the House Freedom Caucus, a staunch conservative group Cawthorn belongs to, were also aghast over the idea that sex and drugs were rampant among the capital’s elite.
“I think it is important, if you’re going to say something like that, to name some names,” Rep. Scott Perry, a Pennsylvania Republican who chairs the caucus, told Politico.
Representatives for Cawthorn, McCarthy, and Scalise did not immediately respond to a request for comment.