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Yes, covfefe is a word now. That's the Trump effect | David Shariatmadari

Influential people have always had the power to change language. The president’s late-night typo sent the internet crazy, but will it stick around?
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Covfefe is the word on everyone’s lips. Or rather, it would be if people knew how to say it. You see, this latest contender for 2017’s “word of the year” (see also: kakistocracy; emolument; kompromat) started life on the page. A page that was refreshed millions of times as Twitter users blinked at their screens in confusion. The president of the United States had once again typoed his way into the early hours and the world’s befuddled consciousness. This time, however, unlike “unpresidented” and “honered”, the mangling was so complete it wasn’t immediately clear

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