Spelling bee champion asked to spell ‘covfefe’

Newly crowned National Spelling Bee champion Ananya Vinay was asked by the hosts of CNN’s “New Day” to spell one final word — “covfefe.”

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

Vinay asked for the definition of the word. Camerota said covfefe means “a nonsense word made up by the president of the United States in a late-night tweet” and that its language of origin was “gibberish.”

Vinay then asked for the word’s part of speech, to which co-host Chris Cuomo replied, “It could be a noun, but may be used as a verb and as an insult.”

{mosads}Camerota then listed many “alternate pronunciations” of the word for the 12-year-old spelling champion, whose attempt at spelling the word was “cofefe.”

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

“Covfefe” became the No.1 trend on Twitter this week after President Trump appeared to send out an unfinished tweet with the typo. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that “the president and a small group of people know exactly” what the tweet meant, refusing to say whether Trump had simply made a mistake. 

Vinay won the National Spelling Bee Thursday night, correctly spelling the word “marocain” to win.


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