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 standing passenger in a bus or train; 2. A person who commutes to work by public transportation.

But the New York Post had every right to run the picture. This is what tabloids do—milk tragedy for every ounce of emotional impact. No New York straphanger should have been surprised to see the photo.

Howard Kurtz, CNN