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. (in chess) An opening in which a player makes a sacrifice, typically of a pawn, for the sake of some compensating advantage; 2. A device, action, or opening remark, typically one entailing a degree of risk, that is calculated to gain an advantage.
It was unclear whether the unusual gambit delivered the Republican nominee what his handlers must have intended—a dose of Eastwood’s credibility—as it proved a diversion from the pinnacle moment that the former Massachusetts governor had worked more than six years to achieve.
—James Rainey, Los Angeles Times