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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The desertion of one’s country or cause in favor of an opposing one.

…It also came the same day U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Syrian regime’s days are numbered. Noting a number of recent defections from the regime, Clinton said, ‘the sand is running out of the hourglass.’

Nunu Japaridze & Melissa Gray, CNN