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. A defensive wall; 2. A person, institution, or principle that acts as a defense.

‘The NRA has such deep grass roots,’ one longtime proponent of gun control told me. ‘They have made their members feel that they are the last remaining bulwark to protect the 2nd Amendment. The members believe it’s their duty.’

Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times