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wonk

(wɔŋk)
1. n. an earnest student. (Collegiate.) Yes, you could call Martin a wonk. In fact, he’s the classic wonk.
2. n. a bureaucrat; a flunky. The State Department policy wonks were up all night putting together the report.
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The great irony is that the political equilibrium of the nation's capital depends on both wonks and hacks, but the two groups can't even communicate because the hack and wonk dialects have so few words in common.
In the past the list has featured politicians, activists, musicians, artists, actors, chefs, policy wonks, rabble rousers, scientists, athletes, fighters, dancers, fashion designers, entrepreneurs, comedians--even a poker player.
And so the wonks at Werner scratched their heads a bit and came up with the compact extension ladder.
A second possible explanation for the shortage of women wonks is that the situation is symptomatic of the larger shortage of women in politics.
A Particle Accelerator for economists, fiscal policy wonks and any politician who fancies they know what they're talking about, confined to bash their heads together until Big Bang-theory conditions are attained.
MAPHEAD: CHARTING THE WIDE, WEIRD WORLD OF GEOGRAPHY WONKS reflects the author's passion for geography and the wider world of geography enthusiasts, and is a fine pick for any general-interest collection.
But the Aussie wonks at the Climate Institute, which commissioned the study, expressed surprise that the world's top polluter is also the top force in the drive for clean energy.
Although it comes from a simple abbreviation, SpAd happens to be the perfect adjective for geeky, ambitious, party wonks.
Our public life will surely have more relevance to the lives of the electorate if we have candidates from a wider pool than the usual political wonks - candidates with a broader experience of life.
WONKS BE WARNED: You may be spending plenty of time online hunting for data treasures in the virtual vaults in Washington, D.
And unlike the Fab Four, neither police nor health and safety wonks could get them down - the gig being officially cleared with The Man.
But wait--this turns out to be a surprisingly fun road trip, even though it's led by a pair of Beltway policy wonks.
NEW YORK CITY: For a hundred years now, the Japan Society of New York has been a think tank for policy wonks, entrepreneurs, diplomats and Japanophiles.
After the 2004 elections, the Democrats decided to eschew policy wonks and political strategists and take their cues from some professionals with real populist acumen: Berkeley linguists.
For any political wonks reading, who may be venturing up to the cobbled streets of Manchester today for the Labour Party conference, keep an eye out for one Welsh MP.