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"wonk"

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Pfffffffffft, Feb 27, 2004.

  1. Pfffffffffft

    Pfffffffffft Moderator Crew

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    "wonk"

    Discussion started by Pfffffffffft - Feb 27, 2004

    [This is a fast-access FAQ excerpt.]

    The OED defines "wonk" as "a studious or hardworking person".
    An article in Sports Illustrated, 17 Dec. 1962, explains that
    in Harvard slang, there was a tripartite classification of students
    into wonks, preppies, and jocks. I believe that this classification
    is in fact the origin of each of the three terms. The earliest
    citations in the OED for the three terms are dated, respectively,
    1962, 1970, and 1963. I have found an occurrence of "wonk" in
    Time in 1954; an occurrence of "preppie" in the Cambridge Review
    in 1956; and an occurrence of "jock" in the Harvard Crimson in
    1958. In all three instances the context is a Harvard one. (But
    Esther Vail recalls: "'jocks'; we called them that at Syracuse
    Univ. as early as 1948".)

    "Wonk" is said to derive from the word "know" spelled backwards,
    but this is not certain. Other suggested origins are the adjective
    "wonky" = "weak, shaky", and "wanker" = "masturbator". "Preppy"
    comes from "preparatory school". "Jock" (attested from 1922 in the
    sense "athletic supporter") comes from "jockstrap", from "jock" =
    "penis", from the male name Jack.




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    dude, seriously.
     
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    jesus neck
     
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    Telo - Replied Feb 27, 2004


    exactly what i was thinking..
     
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    wonky sagginy
     
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    it's 11:15 on a friday night and i'm still in the lab sequencing genes.


    wonk.
     
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    :nope:
     
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    I was just thinking about the term "policy wonk" the other day for no apparent reason. glad somone else is on the same wavelength
     
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    Pfffffffffft - Replied Feb 27, 2004

    there was a much more complex definition, but i figured it would be too much for some people*
     
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    :zombie:
     
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    yes
     
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    wonk pile
     
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    GOOD JOB!
     
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