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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An extensive fire that destroys a great deal of land or property.

In the first detailed hints of what preceded Sunday’s fire, Pierce County Sheriff’s Det. Ed Troyer also said that Powell sent a series of relatively detailed emails minutes before the conflagration to family members and his pastor.

Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times