Buzzwords are frequently used in news media. These are words that do not typically occur in everyday speech, but are common among newscasters, talking heads, and pundits on cable news.

These ‘news words’ are accepted by audiences for their implied meaning. But often loaded words are misused or used out of context. The actual definitions can be different than what is implied.

Newswordy is a growing collection of these words, updated every weekday. Along with each word is a definition, a quote with its use (or misuse) in the media, and a news and Twitter feed on the subject.

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Fail to fulfill or undertake (a responsibility or duty).

Canada is formally withdrawing from the Kyoto accord, Environment Minister Peter Kent said Monday… NDP Environment critic Megan Leslie says Kent is fear-mongering about the consequences of staying in the Kyoto pact. ‘What this is really about is the fact that our government is abdicating its international obligations. It’s like we’re the kid who’s failing the class so we have to drop it before that happens,’ Leslie said.

CBC News