What the hell is “mp; saf”? It’s a question that’s burning up Twitter, jumping to the top of the app’s nationwide trending topics on Tuesday morning.
The obscure “phrase” was first mentioned by @sellingittrue, asking simply “what is mp; saf?”
What is mp; saf ?
— Justin (@sellingittrue) August 14, 2018
Scanning President Trump’s Twitter account, it doesn’t look like a typo from the commander-in-chief, ruling out this year’s version of “covfefe.”
“MP,” for those semi-familiar with British politics, means “Member of Parliament.” Maybe that’s in play? But the “saf” part seems to throw it back into disarray. A quick Google search gives you suggestions for the “Society of American Foresters,” the “Second Amendment Foundation,” and the “Society of American Florists.” Not exactly what you’d expect to find trending.
Twitter didn’t have much insight into the trend when reached for comment by TheWrap, but pointed to its trending FAQ section
“Trends are determined by an algorithm and, by default, are tailored for you based on who you follow, your interests, and your location,” explains Twitter. “This algorithm identifies topics that are popular now, rather than topics that have been popular for a while or on a daily basis, to help you discover the hottest emerging topics of discussion on Twitter.”
Many Twitter users were confused by the trend.
So … anyone know what mp; saf is and why it's trending? pic.twitter.com/YbUX4f1hME
— Nick Smith ????️ (@novalsi) August 14, 2018
mp; saf: Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command ???
Why is this trending?
— Enth (@GreasyEnth) August 14, 2018
mp; saf pic.twitter.com/9zEK9GBbg6
— Dave Joe Smith???? (@DayJobVu) August 14, 2018
And of course, some Twitter comedians shared their best jokes about it.
Some guesses on "mp; saf":
My President; Sick As Fuck
Micro Penis; Scared Around Females
Military Police; Stifling American Freedoms
Me Personally; Socialist As Fuck
More Pudding; Seems Appropriate Frequently
— Michael Salamone (@MichaelSalamone) August 14, 2018
I've been diagnosed with "mp; saf" with a mild case of covefe
— Ryan.T (@TheRyanTShow) August 14, 2018
Mp; saf = Russian Bot test.
— ????????Patri-ette???????? (@Rubygirl123456) August 14, 2018
Hilarious stuff. Even Burger King got in on the action, because everyone loves when brands act like people.
— Burger King (@BurgerKing) August 14, 2018
So far, it looks like the phrase is trending for no other reason beyond being mysterious.
If you have any idea what’s going on, this tech reporter is open to hearing it, so shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.