Jon Caulkins and I wrote an op-ed for the UK Guardian yesterday, which based on our US experience with the media was worded in a plainspoken style. The editor added a lede using the word “Manichean”.
Meanwhile, next to us on the page was Hans Kundnani’s analyses of “ordoliberalism“. When I see him in London next week I will toast his amazing vocab; in any event the editors clearly felt comfortable letting this abstruse term stand in his op-ed.
Almost impossible to imagine two adjacent articles in a US newspaper that would have many people (me included) reaching for their dictionary.