President Trump has thrown the internet into a tizzy with an apparent typo – “covfefe.”
The commander-in-tweet began a missive shortly after midnight Wednesday: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe …”
His 31 million followers waited with bated breath for the ending, but it never came – leaving them wondering what “covfefe” meant, if anything.
The aborted missive was deleted at 5:48 a.m. and replaced about 20 minutes later with a tweet reading: “Who can figure out the true meaning of ‘covfefe” ??? Enjoy!”
The Washington Post took a screenshot of the original post, which had been retweeted more than 127,000 times and “liked” more than 162,000 times – making it one of Trump’s most popular tweets in months.
To put it in context, the tweet in which he claimed – without offering proof – that he would have won the popular vote had it not been for voter fraud has garnered about 52,000 retweets, CNN noted.
It appeared that Trump was about to complain about his favorite foil – the “fake news” media – went something went awry.
By Wednesday morning, social media was bigly abuzz with the hashtag #covfefe.
“Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my #covfefe,” @aparnapkin posted.
“What’s even the point of CNN if they’re not going commercial-free with #covfefe coverage?” TheFienprint asked.
“When they go low, we covfefe,” @billyeichner said.
The mysterious word doesn’t appear in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, which suggests alternative words like “coffee,” “coven,” covert” and “covey.”
Some Twitterati suggested the word is a synonym to “The Lion King’s” “hakuna matata” – meaning no worries, for the rest of your days.
Emily Nussbaum the New Yorker’s TV critic, posed a sobering thought.
“What if this is it?” she wrote. “That is his final tweet & the rest of history stops.”