Not even the Scripps Spelling Bee champ knows what do with "covfefe"

Trump's late-night nonsense neologism is the gift that keeps on giving

Published June 2, 2017 11:15AM (EDT)

Ananya Vinay, 12, winner of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Ananya Vinay, 12, winner of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

She may have wowed the crowd with words like "wayzgoose" and "morocain", but could she spell Twitter's new favorite word?

That was the question CNN's morning news team had for this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee champion,12-year-old Ananya Vinay.

“We have a challenge for you,” Alisyn Camerota said. “We’d like you to spell a word. It’s recently become popular. Do you know the word ‘covfefe’?”

When asked for the definition of the word, Camerota defined it as, “a nonsense word made up by the President of the United States in a late-night tweet." She added that it's language of origin was "gibberish."

Camerota's co-host Chris Cuomo was stumped when Vinay asked for the word's part of speech.

"It could be a noun," he mused. "But may be used as a verb and as an insult.”

Vinay then went for it, in true spelling-bee-champion fashion.

"Covfefe," she said. "C-o-f-e-f-e, covfefe."

Despite the incorrect spelling Camerota praised Vinay for her efforts, with Cuomo chiming in.

“Good enough,” he said. “That’s the only good answer we’ve heard about that word in days.”

In case you missed it, "covfefe" became the No. 1 trend on twitter this week, after President Donald Trump tweeted the typo (or, perhaps, the intentional secret code.)

Vinay, from Fresno, California, took home the trophy at Thursday nights bee, with the word "monocain," a type of dress fabric of ribbed crepe. She beat out the steely crowd favorite Rohan Rajeev, who up until the end had maintained an impressively collected composure. Rajeev was eliminated after he misspelled the word "marram."


By Katie Serena

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