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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(of an incident or a person) Said, without proof, to have taken place or to have a specified illegal or undesirable quality.

Most legal experts agree that Penn State is likely to face civil lawsuits from alleged victims in the child sex abuse scandal that ousted the university’s president and legendary football coach Joe Paterno. The size of Penn State’s legal headaches and the damage to its reputation will depend on how the university reacts, according to lawyer Roderick MacLeish.

Andrew Longstreth, Reuters