We’ve all made embarrassing typos, haven’t we? As a journalism major, I feel especially silly when I publish something with grammar or spelling errors. Thankfully, I’ve never messed up so bad as to create a completely new word, such as Donald Trump’s “covfefe.”
For those of you who missed this incident, last week the president took to Twitter again. What was supposed to be a run-of-the-mill angsty complaint about “fake news,” however, turned into a strong reminder for all of us that what gets put on the internet sticks around forever.
“Despite the constant negative press covfefe”
What does it mean? America couldn’t figure it out! It’s not even a complete sentence. Did he fall asleep mid-tweet? Did an intern forcibly take his phone away from him while he was typing? What is covfefe?
Well, apparently “covfefe” isn’t a typo! According to Press Secretary Sean Spicer (a wealth of truth and honesty) the word does have a meaning!
ABC News reports: Asked about the meaning behind the president’s cryptic tweet at Wednesday’s press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer said, “The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant.”
Spicer’s response was met with laughter from the White House press corps.
“The president didn’t make an honest, but silly mistake.”
“But he clearly did…”
“No he didn’t he is perfect in every way!”
I do feel bad for Spicer some days, truly I do. Stand up comedy is a tough business! I’m glad he finally got a laugh from the crowd.
Of course, this only raises more questions about what covfefe is supposed to be. Curiosity finally getting the better of me I turned to the most reliable source of information on the internet: Urban Dictionary. While there are several definitions to be found on the site, this one is my personal favorite.