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    Question master of nuance

    hi
    Is this an idome?
    a master of nuance
    Thanks for your help
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    Re: master of nuance

    I don't think it is.

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    Question Re: master of nuance

    Quote Originally Posted by ARAM View Post
    hi
    Is this an idome?
    a master of nuance
    Thanks for your help
    bye
    If not, what dose it mean in this text?
    But when it comes to Iran, Satloff is very worried indeed. He doesn't buy the New York Times' spin that Barack Obama, a master of nuance, gave Iran a clear deadline.

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    Re: master of nuance

    Quote Originally Posted by ARAM View Post
    If not, what dose it mean in this text?
    But when it comes to Iran, Satloff is very worried indeed. He doesn't buy the New York Times' spin that Barack Obama, a master of nuance, gave Iran a clear deadline.
    This is not an idiom, by which I mean it is not a set phrase plugged in to appropriate places. It's figurative, probably hyperbolic. Assuming that you know that "nuances" means "subtleties in communication", Obama is being called a Master of such. There are some problems in interpreting the sentence:

    Is Barack Obama being a master of nuance i) part of the New York Times spin, or ii) is this Satloff's opinion, or iii) is it being stated as a commonly accepted attribute.

    Is the New York Times claiming that Obama gave Iran a clear deadline, because they believe he is a master of nuance, and could do this.
    Or is the New York Times' claiming that Obama gave Iran a clear deadline not convincing to Satloff, because Satloff believes Obama is a master a nuance, and would not, therefore, give a clear deadline?

    The sentence could mean that Satloff is worried because he doesn't agree with the New York Times' opinion that Obama is such a Master; and so he does not think that Obama could have employed such subtle nuances to communicate the clear deadline to Iran in a way that they would understand.

    Alternatively, it could mean that Satloff is worried because he doesn't believe the New York Time's opinion that Obama gave the Iranians a clear deadline, firstly because The NYT uses spin, and secondly because Obama, being a Master of nuance, could have manipulated the Iranians with any amount of doubletalk that sounded good at the time, but did not deliver a clear deadline (since Obama did not want to deliver a clear deadline).

    Now, even I'm confused!
    Maybe someone familiar with the various agents and agencies involved could help.

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    Re: master of nuance

    Raymott is right: "master of nuance" is not an idiom, but a figurative phrase used to describe Obama's widely recognized skills in diplomacy.

    Thus, without any familiarity with the original text, or who Satloff is, one may safely bet that Raymott's assessment here is also correct:

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott
    Alternatively, it could mean that Satloff is worried because he doesn't believe the New York Time's opinion that Obama gave the Iranians a clear deadline, firstly because The NYT uses spin, and secondly because Obama, being a Master of nuance, could have manipulated convinced ("convinced," might be more appropriate here: Would a "master of nuance" manipulate? Probably not. - more likely, "tactfully convinced ...") the Iranians ...

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