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The Scoop 6-2
The typo seen round the world
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As editor of a newspaper, no one is more cautious than me when it comes to making fun of someone's typos. That's because it's only a matter of time before the typo is mine and I'm the one shaking my head wondering how I missed it.
If you think catching all the errors in a one-page office memo is tough, try finding all the mistakes in an edition of the newspaper with some 20,000 words. If you're 99.9 percent accurate, you'll still miss 20 errors.
That little bit of math aside, I can't resist laughing at President Donald Trump for his now-infamous tweet made after midnight where he uses the word "convfefe." The online world, known for its ruthlessness, has been predictably unrelenting.
There was a T-shirt meme bearing the slogan "Make America Convfefe Again." Then the word appeared in a phony "Wheel of Fortune" puzzle. There was a picture of one guy posing with a "convfefe" license plate and even calls for Webster's to include it as an official word in its online dictionary.
Never before has one silly typo, made at a time when most people are sound asleep, created such a national stir.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer didn't help matters when fielding questions about "convfefe" from reporters. When asked about the word, Spicer seemed to use the wrong tone when he blurted, "The president and a small group of people knew exactly what he meant."
Of course Hillary Clinton had to weigh in when she joked, "I thought it was a hidden message to the Russians."
For the record, Trump's complete tweet said "Despite the constant negative press convfefe." It's clearly harmless, but it's a mistake which can serve as a learning opportunity for our president. Unfortunately, it's doubtful Trump will seize this opportunity and learn anything.
The lesson is Trump shouldn't be tweeting out whatever ideas pop into his head in the wee hours of the night. This is something even his closest supporters have stressed to him, but to no avail.
Twitter can be a great forum for releasing information, but our U.S. president doesn't need to be typing out messages to America in 140 characters. It's not the proper platform for him to communicate.
To be technical, communicate is likely too favorable a term to describe Trump's tweets. He uses Twitter primarily to insult rather than convey anything meaningful.
The jokes will soon fade and our fascination with convfefe will soon be replaced by another firestorm on social media. That's how the Internet works.
But it would be refreshing if our president could see this as a sign that maybe he shouldn't be ripping off unhinged tweets at his enemy of the day at a time when he should be getting some rest.
Trump likes to brag and say he only needs three to four hours of sleep each night, but his behavior seems to indicate otherwise. Perhaps this typo will allow him to wake up and smell the convfefe.
Standard editor James Clark can be reached at 473-2191.