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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Islamic canonical law based on the teachings of the Koran and the traditions of the Prophet (Hadith and Sunna), prescribing both religious and secular duties and sometimes retributive penalties for lawbreaking.

It’s not what could be called an encouraging start for democracy in the new, liberated, un-Gadhafied Libya. The declaration by interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil—a former justice minister under Gadhafi—has told the country that Islamic Shariah law will be the basis of legislation now that Gadhafi is no more.

Peter Worthington, The Toronto Sun