President Donald Trump finally unified (or more likely, distracted) a confused nation on Wednesday morning, when he tweeted, “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.” That’s it. There was no extra information or punchline, just a familiar refrain about the media being unfair and a random typo that has since taken over the internet (it also drove Merriam-Webster insane). What made “covfefe” extra curious is that Trump didn’t delete the tweet until six hours after it was initially posted. He then joked about the confusion, sounding a bit like an uncle who just learned what “dat boi” means.
When you search for “covfefe” on Merriam-Webster’s overworked website, the dictionary suggests “coffee,” “coven,” “cover,” “covet,” “covey,” and “cuvee.” But none of those sound right (“Despite the constant negative press, Coven is the best season of American Horror Story“?). It’s more likely Trump was trying to type “coverage,” as in, “Despite the constant negative press coverage, my inauguration was still the highest attended in the history of the country. True!” Or, “Despite the constant negative press coverage, I’d like to order a well-done steak with ketchup. Delicious!” (He thought he was at a drive-thru.)