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What does ‘covfefe’ mean? Now even Trump is asking

Late Tuesday night, the President introduced a new term to the social media lexicon – and on Wednesday he was cryptic and coy about what he meant

A late-night tweet from President Donald Trump has social media trying to find a meaning in the mysterious term “covfefe.”

The cryptic tweet, sent at 12:06 a.m. (ET), has since been deleted from the @realDonaldTrump account. But it immediately went viral and became one of the president’s more popular posts. Cue the memes and jokes:

Some on Twitter speculated that he meant to say “coverage” but mistyped it, while others supplied their own tongue-in-cheek meanings. Dozens of definitions have been submitted the Urban Dictionary website, which crowdsources meanings for slang terms. Dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster checked in with an eye-rolling tweet about people looking up “covfefe” on its website.

The tweet triggered an immediate spike in Google traffic searching for the cryptic term:

On Thursday morning, Mr. Trump poked fun at the covfefe kerfuffle:

The president returned to his normal Twitter routine later in the morning by slamming Democrats over the probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.


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