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. Increase rapidly; 2. Become or cause to become more intense or serious.

North Korea’s military escalated its threats, citing a law ratified this week as authorizing plans ‘counter-actions’ against U.S. aggression, including use of a ‘cutting-edge smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strike.’

Larry Liebert & Terry Atlas, Bloomberg