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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Familiar with or knowledgeable about something.

President Obama has spent a lot of time reading material and most of it is familiarizing himself with what Governor Romney said in this campaign…I mean, he’s pretty conversant with his own record but he wasn’t very conversant with Romney’s.

David Axelrod, Chief Campaign Strategist for President Barack Obama