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 charge payable for permission to use a particular bridge or road; 2. The number of deaths, casualties, or injuries arising from particular circumstances, such as a natural disaster, conflict, or accident; 3.The cost or damage resulting from something.

Rescue teams are digging frantically through dozens of collapsed buildings in eastern Turkey after a strong earthquake caused severe damage and left more than 200 people confirmed dead—a toll expected to rise substantially.

Peter Walker, The Guardian