Words With Friends, the popular mobile games that closely resembles Scrabble, added President Donald Trump’s tweet typo ‘covfefe’ to the game’s accepted vocabulary list.
Trump’s tweet went viral Wednesday on social media, causing Words With Friends to decide to include it. ‘Covfefe’ can now be defined as, “The amount and quality of reporting when autocorrect fails you at 3 a.m.,” the Associated Press reports.
Trump’s original tweet containing the typo said, “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.” While it was deleted later that night, Trump later made fun of critics’ responses to his typo.
Who can figure out the true meaning of “covfefe” ??? Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
Hillary Clinton, speaking Wednesday at Codecon in California, joked that Trump’s recent apparent mis-tweet was actually a coded message to Russia.
Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor at large, said that “covfefe” was a typographical error, but people still turned to the dictionary to look up the definition, according to The Washington Post.
“We don’t typically collect evidence for typos,” Sokolowski told WaPo. “It’s more helpful to give spelling suggestions for similarly spelled words as an answer in our online dictionary (for example, looking up tomorow will bring up a suggestion for tomorrow). Looking something up in the dictionary is evidence of curiosity, and there was certainly a lot of curiosity about covfefe.”
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