Donald Trump – President of the United States – tweeted a strange sentence fragment at 12:06 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday. His tweet read, “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.” Yes, that was it. It looked like an incomplete tweet which the U.S. President probably posted by mistake. However, Trump didn’t delete his tweet – until next day – nor did he add any more words to it.
What is covfefe?
His tweet ended abruptly, as if he stopped himself from writing more or perhaps someone else stopped him. Another strange thing about the tweet was the word ‘Covfefe’. At first, we thought it was a typo but Trump has given no indication that it was a typo. The strange tweet had been “liked” more than 162,000 times and been retweeted more than 127,000 times within six hours, which made the tweet one of the most popular tweets by the President in months.
In less than six hours, the tweet had become an internet joke as well. The U.S. President deleted the tweet by 5:48 a.m. EDT. A new tweet replaced the old tweet within twenty minutes, “Who can figure out the true meaning of “covfefe”??? Enjoy!”
Since then, the word ‘covfefe’ – we are calling it a word for just this post – had been trending across the world. A user wrote, “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my #covfefe” Also, a company made a shirt with that word ‘covfefe’ written across the front of the shirt in block, bold letters. A user asked on the micro-blogging giant, “What’s even the point of CNN if they’re not going commercial-free with #covfefe coverage?”
It seems that almost everyone was coming out with their own meaning of ‘covfefe’ – a word that doesn’t exist in the dictionary. The most entertaining tweet was by a user named Diane N. Sevenay, who wrote, “Make America #Covfefe Again #MACA”
Is Covfefe a word from another language?
Covfefe is clearly not an English word: it does not appear in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. The dictionary suggests words like “covet,” “covey,” “cuvee,” “coffee,” “coven,” and “cover” when searching for it on the website of the company.
“Covfefe” does not appear to be a Norwegian word either. Some Twitter users who are desperate for the meaning for the word have come up with a few meaning, like a synonym to “The Lion King’s Hakuna Matata” -which means no worries, for the rest of your days. A user said the meaning of the word is probably coffee. The user wrote on Twitter, “The best part of waking up is #covfefe in your cup.” Unfortunately, only the U.S. President knows the meaning of this word.