US President Donald Trump, very early on Wednesday, tweeted the word “Covfefe” and it set Twitter on fire. Trump has been famous for introducing words like ‘bigly’, and later boasting of them saying that he had the ‘best words’. So is ‘covfefe’ a new word that Trump has gifted to the world? Just after midnight in the US, Donald Trump tweeted: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.” And, that was it. He did not say anything more. Just one word, spelt as ‘covfefe’ left hanging there on Twitter and people on the social media platform took notice. As a matter of fact, his tweet left 31 million of his followers on Twitter puzzled.
The tweet had been active on the US president’s account without comment or clarification for a few hours before being taken down. It had been retweeted and liked thousands of times. Since the tweet was not immediately deleted, confused many users, who jumped to speculate what, Trump might have meant. Meanwhile, the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, which usually tracks and records Trump’s tweets and neologisms on Twitter, decided to let this one go. It tweeted: “Wakes up. Checks Twitter… Uh… Lookups fo… Regrets checking Twitter. Goes back to bed.”
Meanwhile, Trump was in the middle of another controversy, when US comedian Kathy Griffin, was under fire for posting a video in which she held a replica of Trump’s severed head with blood all over it. But this time, as it appears, ‘covfefe’ has taken all the heat away from there.
Here are a few examples on how Twitterati reacted:
that was the moment Trump became prsiduvhirw pic.twitter.com/fKVPPNVFH0
— Anthony Brian Smith (@AnthonyBLSmith) May 31, 2017
It’s been five minutes. What if this is it. That is his final tweet & the rest of history stops.
— emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) May 31, 2017
???? Lookups fo…
Regrets checking Twitter.
Goes back to bed.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 31, 2017
— Victoria Cliett (@VictoriaCliett1) May 31, 2017
— Matt Slevinsky (@_MATTATTAK) May 31, 2017
— Matt ’15 (@Aggie_Matt15) May 31, 2017
Google Translate recognised the word as Samoan, though could not offer any English translation. It seems someone has already bought the domain name, covfefe.us. Although it seems likely the word he was reaching for was ‘coverage’, Twitter users’ alternatives have been rather funny. #Covfefe is currently a trending topic on Twitter across the world.