In fact, "intricate" is what you might call a "code word" [LINK]
My latest letter to the Globe:
In a report over the controversy surrounding the arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Globe paraphrases "some black leaders" as saying that Cambridge needs "to address the intricacies of race in a direct manner." This is an absurd statement. If the issue of race is "intricate," it's unclear at best how it could be appropriately addressed in a "direct" manner. In that case, racial matters would be "simple" or "straightforward." Please do not introduce nonsense into your news reports....the inevitable end of that sentence being: because there's already plenty of nonsense as it is!