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  • It’s obviously a mispelling of ‘fief’, he would like all of us to go back to a feudal system….

  • This is an interesting question, E Parks. People came to this conclusion because, as corpus linguistics has shown, language generally behaves fairly predictably. If you look for ‘negative press’ followed by a noun in a corpus, ‘coverage’ is by far the most frequent one that comes up, along with some other much less frequent ones like ‘attention’ and ‘reports’. If you look for ‘negative press’ followed by a noun starting with the letters ‘cov’ then ‘coverage’ is the only possibility. So if someone types the sequence ‘negative press cov’, chances that they meant to type anything other than ‘coverage’ are vanishingly small.

  • I knew from the first time I saw that Trump used this word that he fell asleep with his left hand on the keyboard with his middle three fingers on those keys.

  • well, I think he wrote it deliberately in order to draw readers’ attention, and according to the English consonant clusters, both labia dental sounds / v/ and / f/ never come in sequence

  • Kerfuffle: “commotion or fuss, especially one caused by conflicting views”.

    Per Ms. Potter: “If you look for ‘negative press’ followed by a noun starting with the letters ‘cov’ then ‘coverage’ is the only possibility.”

    Yes, if you limit yourself to words restricted to spelling beginning with ‘cov’ v. considering the possibility that Trump was approximatiing spelling a word based on the sounds he recalled, you would make that assumption.

    However, as limited as Trump’s vocabulary may be, the “chances” that he would be so off track as to spell ‘coverage’ as ending in ‘fefe’ are “vanishingly small”, whereas covfefe as a stab at kerfuffle, pretty decent. Plus, its meaning, which connotes a dismissive (or contemptuous) attitude towards the press in this usage, adds further weight to kerfuffle being his intention. I suspect that those who failed to consider Michael Kimani’s suggestion (above) may have been unaware of the meaning of the word, possibly thinking he suggested it solely due to its similar sound, while its meaning actually fits more perfectly than coverage.

    I’m Trump’s age, from a family which lived in the immediate locale of Trump’s family in his youth, and covfefe tickled my dimmer memories until I heard kerfuffle on a Brit program. Although kerfuffle is rarely used in most of the US, at present, it is still fairly common in Canada and the UK.

  • “covfefe”is probably in the Pluto Webster’s dictionary for aliens. The definition of covfefe is
    #1) I’m lost, can you call my mommy.
    #2) I don’t understand the words that are pouring from my mouth. Can you please call my mommy