My 2 cents on $2 words
I don't have any problems with running big words in news articles. Newspapers can teach more than just current events.
But if readers are sent to the dictionary, they'd be better be rewarded. Why bother using "chary" if the dictionary just says "wary"? You'd feel jilted if you went to look up "proffer" to find that it means "offer."
Try to work through that knee-jerk response to kill all fancy words. But feel empowered to wield that ax when writers are just being uppity.