Trump's bizarre 'covfefe' tweet stumps many

US President Donald Trump's midnight tweet contained a cryptic 'word' that made comedians out of many Twitter users.VIDEO: REUTERS
United States President Donald Trump's tweet spawned humorous memes (above) on Twitter, as people tried to decipher its meaning.
United States President Donald Trump's tweet spawned humorous memes (above) on Twitter, as people tried to decipher its meaning.PHOTOS: TWITTER
United States President Donald Trump's tweet spawned humorous memes (above) on Twitter, as people tried to decipher its meaning.
United States President Donald Trump's tweet spawned humorous memes (above) on Twitter, as people tried to decipher its meaning.PHOTOS: TWITTER

WASHINGTON • Not for the first time, a Donald Trump tweet has lit up the Internet. But this time, users the world over have been left scratching their heads over "covfefe": a bizarre word apparently created by the President.

"Despite the constant negative press covfefe", read the United States leader's short tweet sent yesterday.

Was it an acronym? A secret message? Or just a typo? Wags around the world weighed in with biting sarcasm, and #covfefe quickly became the top trending item on Twitter.

Comments included a mock Google translation of "covfefe" from Russian into English as "I resign", and comments like "Drain the covfefe" - a play on Mr Trump's promise to "drain the swamp" in Washington.

"'Covfefe is a great word, period! - Sean Spicer tomorrow," read one tweet, mentioning the President's spokesman.

American television show host Jimmy Kimmel tweeted: "What makes me saddest is that I know I'll never write anything funnier than #covfefe."

To avoid confusion, the Regent's English Language Centre in London wrote: "To all of our English language students, we can confirm that 'covfefe' is not an English word. Yet."

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.

Then, around 5.45pm, more than five hours after it was posted, the mysterious tweet vanished.

Soon after, Mr Trump himself joined the deciphering game.

"Who can figure out the true meaning of 'covfefe' ??? Enjoy!" he tweeted, in an unusual display of self-deprecating humour.

Since entering office, Mr Trump has used Twitter to issue declarations on everything from Arnold Schwarzenegger's television performance to an alleged "MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany".

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, WASHINGTON POST

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2017, with the headline 'Trump's bizarre 'covfefe' tweet stumps many'. Print Edition | Subscribe