Let me start by saying I currently have two enormous pet peeves frequently generated by journalists/pundits. The first is the use of the word “nuance” or “nuanced” which is code for “I am enlightened and/or reasonable enough to understand that the world isn’t black and white, there are “shades of gray” and therefore my “nuanced” discussion or analysis is superior to your opinions, which are essentially Neanderthal grunting”.
This thinly-veiled hubris is insufferable, and the phrase du jour has permeated every sector and level of journalism. It’s one thing when the almond-milk drinkers at The Atlantic are using it; it’s another when sportswriters writing about…well sports, revert to it over and over and over. Can we go back to talking like characters from “da Bears” sketches already? It’s just as intelligent, only without the overwhelming smugness.