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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1. Gentle, kindly; 2. (of a climate or environment) Mild and favorable.

In her first television appearance since the release of 25,000 emails from her term as Alaska governor, Sarah Palin said she hopes ‘folks learned a lot’ from the ‘benign and boring’ messages.

Sheila Marikar, ABC News