Americans, let’s talk about ‘covfefe’

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Amateur and professional linguists are falling over themselves as they struggle to define President Trump’s viral spelling gaffe, “covfefe”

The confounding word, introduced to the world by Trump on Tuesday night, has so far garnered more than a hundred definitions on Urban Dictionary 

Some were obvious digs at Trump’s vocabulary skills — and overall IQ.

“No one really knows yet, but the President of the United States of America used it in a tweet so it must be a bigly important word. It must be YUGE somewhere as he knows all the best words,” one entry said.

“Something you say when you’re an imbecile, who may or may not be the leader of the free world,” according to another.

And then, this: “When you’re such an imbecile that you can’t even finish your own insult.”

Other “definitions” were aimed at the ongoing investigation into Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.

“The act of covering up collusion with the Russians,” said one entry.

“A coded plea to your Russian masters that indicates your inability to keep your election scheme covered up,” another said.

Dozens of entries simply spoke for themselves, including:

  • “Just end all your tweets with this whenever you need to distract people from the Russia story and give people grounds to think it’s all dementia so you can resign and tag-team in your veep to finish the cover-up.”
  • “A tweeted misspelling or the moment you try to type a word and the secret service tackles you to the ground causing you to mistype.”
  • “No one really knows yet, but the President of the United States of America used it in a tweet so it must be a bigly important word. It must be YUGE somewhere as he knows all the best words,” one entry said.
  • “Something you say when you’re an imbecile, who may or may not be the leader of the free world,” according to another.
    And then, this: “When you’re such an imbecile that you can’t even finish your own insult.”

Other “definitions” were aimed at the ongoing investigation into Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.

“The act of covering up collusion with the Russians,” said one entry.

“A coded plea to your Russian masters that indicates your inability to keep your election scheme covered up,” another said.

Dozens of entries simply spoke for themselves, including:

  • “Just end all your tweets with this whenever you need to distract people from the Russia story and give people grounds to think it’s all dementia so you can resign and tag-team in your veep to finish the cover-up.”
  • “A tweeted misspelling or the moment you try to type a word and the secret service tackles you to the ground causing you to mistype.”
  • “¯_(ツ)_/¯”

Even Merriam-Webster — which, in January, schooled Kellyanne Conway on Twitter over her “alternative facts” gaffe — was just as perplexed over “covfefe,” and tweeted this on Tuesday: