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"Covfefe" - How Donald Trump broke the internet with one word

by Staff writer



The trouble began, as it so often does, on Twitter, in the early minutes of Wednesday morning.


Mr. Trump had something to say. Kind of.

He sent out a tweet.

But this one, rather than attacking a political opponent or offering up a 140-character policy position, just plain made no sense:

“Despite the constant negative press covfefe.”



Wait, “covfefe”?

No one knew what it meant.

Surely it was a mistake that the president would soon delete.

But after five minutes, he didn’t.

Then a few more passed. Before long, social media was in a mad dash to try to define Trump’s typo. News reports followed, and soon a five-alarm internet fire was burning.

A full hour and the questions kept mounting.

Had the president’s lawyers, so eager to curb his stream-of-consciousness missives, tackled the commander in chief under the cover of night?

Perhaps, some worried out aloud, Mr. Trump had suffered a medical episode a quarter of the way through his 140 Twitter characters.

No one at the White House could immediately be reached for a comment.

By 1 a.m., the debate had effectively consumed Twitter.

No English dictionary, living or dead, could define Mr Trump's tweet.

Luckily, Urban Dictionary came in handy, registering the word only just 2 hours after its invention:




Some had reasons to believe the word was Russian though, translating to two English words: "I Resign"



The president’s tweet was finally deleted after about six hours.

Still, the commotion it caused is yet to die.

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