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Suggest meanings 2 and 3 be replaced or supplemented by the following from Wikipedia: "Wonk, slang for a person preoccupied with arcane details or procedures in a specialized field"

Example: (Newspaper subtitle from the 1/31/08 Globe and Mail-Globe T.O. section) "Why our city is the latest hot spot for geeks, wonks and web junkies."

I can find various discussions of the origin of this word elsewhere -- which by extension basically also means nothing definitive. But the other day, for no apparent reason, I came up with a possible better explanation for one theory I have seen. Could "wonk" not only be an anagram and reversal of "know", but actually be derived from its reported anagram? Could it be simply a word that was invented to describe someone who knows a subject backwards and forwards? jalp -- 16:35, 22 April 2011 (UTC)


Is this word still "derogatory"? Its usage seems to have matured. Should this be changed? —This unsigned comment was added by (talk).