What does 'covfefe' mean? Social media rushes to define Trump's typo

This time, it was a typo: covfefe.

He probably wanted to type out the word "coverage", but what came out was gibberish.

Clinton was asked what she thought the word meant. "Despite the constant negative press covfefe", what?

"Covfefe" was trending in the U.S. as Twitter rushed to get its gags in. One company even appeared to have made a shirt with that odd combination of letters written across the front in bold, block letters. One person wrote "Don't talk to me before my morning 'covfefe'".

"What's even the point of CNN if they're not going commercial-free with #covfefe coverage?" inquired another.

A poll by USA website Fusion, voted on more than 43,000 times, was split over the correct pronunciation - 38 per cent suggested it was Cov-FEE-fee while 36 per cent favoured Cov-FEH-fay and just 26 per cent went with Cov-feef. "And that, you know, that to me is what we're up against, and we can't let that go unanswered".

The account for Merriam Webster Dictionary, which has become known for its snarky and on-the-nose tweets in recent months, was caught in a tailspin like the rest of us, though. It's evidently not an English word.

The original covfefe tweet which has since been deleted.

Some people replaced words from famous songs with the new word "covfefe".

It left many of his 31 million followers on Twitter baffled, and slightly concerned.

Others suggested it might make a great band, or perhaps human, name.

A garbled late-night Twitter posting by President Trump sent the internet into a frenzy on Wednesday.

"Dear LIRR: Never. Tweet." tweeted user @gmanolatos.

At 5.10pm Singapore time yesterday, Mr Trump's "covfefe" tweet had more than 120,000 retweets and had been shared 39,000 times, according to Twitter figures.

The first trending topic was simply #covfefe.

Late-night television host Jimmy Kimmel, a comedian who writes jokes for a living, was sad about "covfefe".

  • Leroy Wright