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. Contaminate or pollute (something); 2. Affect with a bad or undesirable quality.

‘The harm is the erosion of public trust in government,’ Zagel said, adding that when the governor’s office is tainted, the fabric of all government ‘is torn and disfigured and not easily repaired. You did that damage.’

Janan Hanna, Reuters