It would garner 68 points in Scrabble—if the word existed.
Wednesday morning at 12:06 a.m. Eastern time, President Donald Trump sent what we can only assume is an epic misspelling in a tweet that has captured the internet’s imagination.
It read, “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.”
That was it. The tweet stayed up for hours until Trump finally deleted it. Before it vanished, tweets such as this came fast and furious:
— Diane N. Sevenay (@Diane_7A) May 31, 2017
Finally, the tweet was taken down, and another was posted in its place:
Who can figure out the true meaning of “covfefe” ??? Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
A conspiracy theorist could posit that this is all part of a scheme to get people interested in the upcoming Scripps National Spelling Bee, or perhaps it’s an effort to call attention to how careless we’ve become with our stubby fingers when typing.
It also comes in the wake of Google’s releasing its list of the most common words that followed the question “how to spell …” The search giant even broke it down by state, meaning that Trump was more likely to misspell ninety than whatever he was trying to spell with “covfefe.”
— GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) May 30, 2017
Here they are in list form, for those who are not map-friendly:
Washington, D.C. : ninety
New Hampshire: difficult
New Jersey: twelve
New Mexico: bananas
New York: beautiful
North Carolina: angel
North Dakota: dilemma
Rhode Island: liar
South Carolina: Chihuahua
South Dakota: college
West Virginia: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
OK, readers, what’s your most egregious typo or misspelling—that made its way to the public eye? Please ‘fess up in the comments section.