Trump invents new word: covfefe

Over the weekend he wrote on Twitter “Despite the constant negative press covfefe”. That was it. It ended abruptly, as if someone stopped him, or he stopped himself, or perhaps he never meant to send it. The tweet stayed online for around 6 hours before it was removed. But by then the “word” covfefe had been trending all night. Within six hours, it had been retweeted more than 127,000 times and “liked” more than 162,000 times — making it one of his most popular tweets in months. By then it had become a massive Internet joke.

The word “covfefe” does not appear in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. When searching for it on the company’s website, the dictionary suggests “coffee,” “coven,” “cover,” “covet,” “covey” and “cuvee.” Clearly, it isn’t an English word. Some tweets employing “covfefe” offer the option to translate it from Norwegian, though that appears to be a glitch of some sort. “Covfefe” does not appear to be a Norwegian word, either. Most experts believe that the president was trying to write ‘coverage’. 

 

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