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Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019

Duh, Donald? US president trumps world with word ‘covfefe’

A “mysterious” tweet by US President Donald has set social media on fire with hilarious and not-so-subtle reactions

world Updated: May 31, 2017 13:20 IST
HT Correspondent
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HT Correspondent, New Delhi
US President Donald Trump has set Twitter on fire after posting what appeared to be a meaningless word.
US President Donald Trump has set Twitter on fire after posting what appeared to be a meaningless word. (Reuters)

Donald Trump tweeted: Despite the constant negative press covfefe.

And since then the world has been trying to find the meaning of what appears to be an incomplete sentence ending with a meaningless word. The tweet was also trending.

Mike Madden, deputy editor at the Washington Post, came up with a dictionary entry.

“Covfefe (n): The feeling of simultaneously being glad you were still awake and reading Twitter but also wishing you’d already gone to bed,” Madden tweeted, in an apparent reference to the US President’s known habit of using the micro-blogging site late into the night.

Others Twitter users were not so subtle in their sarcasm and vitriol against Trump, who has a long history of social media gaffes and is known to constantly attack a section of the media over what he calls is “fake news”.

And Trump’s tweet – which has been retweeted more than 43,000 times so far -- had its fair share of reaction in India.

“Is covfefe the new farrago?”, wrote journalist Smita Sharma, drawing a comparison with a word used by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in his reaction to a TV report.

Over the past few weeks, several video clips purportedly showing Trump has set social media on fire. One of them shows his wife Melania Trump curtly slapping away his attempt to hold her hand.

Several media reports also said that the number of Trump’s Twitter followers jumped by 5 million in 3 days, implying the new followers could be fake or bought to inflate his popularity. Twitter, however, said the reports were untrue.

First Published: May 31, 2017 11:43 IST