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wonk

An individual who studies a subject in great depth. It often refers to technical disciplines such as computers and science and is thus synonymous with "geek." However, a "policy wonk" is a person who is deeply involved in government programs. See geek.
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These goals come into conflict when some students are constantly disruptive; the policy wonk must preach patience to the father who wants the class disrupter out.
Estelle Morris complained about being done in by the wonks in the Number 10 policy unit, intent on badgering her into accepting a dilution of the comprehensive system and top-up fees.
I was reminded of this the other day as I listened to an exasperated liberal policy wonk snapping at a reporter who had picked up on some of the Bush Administration's rhetoric.
He's a complex policy wonk who can quickly switch gears to sports, the arts and other issues.
I DON'T know why Grayson is surprised to finally twig that his mum is a demented wonk.
These divisions extend far beyond the hack havens of political campaigns and consulting firms and the wonk ghettos of think tanks on Dupont Circle.
In a recent wonk entry, Klein does his usual bit about lies -- damn lies -- and Republicans.
Maggie Thatcher's old speech-writer and policy wonk, Robin Harris, sticks in the stiletto repeatedly.
The first of Evers's two deputies is Leslye Arsht, a Republican education policy wonk who served as deputy press secretary under Ronald Reagan and then in the Department of Education under George H.
The book is sometimes as unwieldy as its title, crammed with information aimed at pleasing virtually everyone from expert to novice, of use to both the first-time investor and the experienced policy wonk.
Newt's as big a nerd as Willy is a wonk, and the fact that they can both speak for three hours without taking a breath does not a leader make.
A character worthy, perhaps, of a TV newsmagazine segment (Leuchter was, in fact, profiled on ``PrimeTime Live'' and was originally considered by Morris for his last compilation of eccentric obsessives, ``Fast, Cheap and Out of Control''), Leuchter is an execution wonk who made a big mistake.