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. A ghost; 2. Something widely feared as a possible unpleasant or dangerous occurrence.

Iraq attacks raise specter of al-Qaeda’s return… For Iraqis, bombings and shootings like those that killed more than 100 people throughout the country on Monday have become a grim part of daily life following the departure of U.S. troops last December.

Greg Jaffe, The Washington Post