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 practice of obtaining something, esp. money, through force or threats.

I fear that the answer isn’t promising. In fact, the opposite could happen—that is to say, that there will be an increase in homicides, kidnappings and extortion in the short run.

Leo Zuckermann, Columnist for the Mexico City newspaper Excelsior