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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An official order or commission to do something.

The former EU commissioner Mario Monti has been asked to form Italy’s next government after a day of hectic consultations and a televised initiative by Silvio Berlusconi who announced he would continue to be a force in politics. Monti accepted the mandate, declaring Italy had to become ‘a point of strength, and not of weakness, in the [European] Union, of which we were founders.’

John Hooper, The Guardian