What's the Meaning of Covfefe? Donald Trump Asks Twitter for the Answer

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"Come on guys, I was just having a bit of covfefe." Tom Pennington/Getty

First came covfefe.

In the early hours of Wednesday, the 45th president of the United States tweeted a nonsensical message that left the internet confused.

A nonsensical tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump has Washington D.C. pundits speculating what he means. Twitter

Then came the aftermath. As the tweet remained in place for hour upon hour, thousands of Twitter users speculated as to what the true meaning of covfefe could be.

This is #covfefe translated from Russian. pic.twitter.com/1Im7ZzLO0Y

— Kristina Wong ❄️ (@mskristinawong) May 31, 2017

"Not only is covfefe a word, it's the greatest word ever uttered." pic.twitter.com/kWhfLrFaKn

— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) May 31, 2017

Then came the eventual deletion, presumably as President Donald Trump woke up to a slew of uncomplimentary Twitter notifications.

Then, most unexpected of all, came the recovery: Trump attempted to turn covfefe into a joke.

Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017

Rather than adopting his usual approach of accusing the "fake news" media of misconstruing his words—such as when he accused his predecessor Barack Obama of wiretapping him, but then defended the claim by pointing out "it was in quotes"—Trump sought to bask in the reflected glory of covfefe by engaging in a Twitter survey for the true meaning of the "word."

Some of the president's backers responded with glee to his attempt to snatch victory from the jaws of humiliating social media defeat.

Others fought back, determined that the president should remain shamed by his apparent mistweet.

Covfefe: When you make a mistake, but play it off like you knew what you were doing.

"Trump's entire Presidency was a real covfefe."

— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) May 31, 2017

Some speculated that covfefe was the codeword for launching U.S. nuclear missiles; others that it was a secret signal to Trump's alleged friends in Moscow. But while the world continues to watch Trump's Twitter feed for signs of a revelation, perhaps the true meaning of covfefe is simply the fact you can never tell what the president will do next.