I’m Just a Wonk When it Comes to Mr. A: TAE Word for the Day

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What in the world is Fedoralady going on about now?

Why, she’s learned a new word!

I’d heard of (and used) the British slang term “wonky” (unsteady, shaky, feeble) before, but I don’t recall hearing the word “wonk.” Well, here it is and it has several meanings. Let’s take a look:

wonk (noun): 1. A stupid, boring, unattractive person. Well, that doesn’t apply to Richard or to any of us! Heaven forbid!

2. a student who spends much time studying and has little or no social life; a grind.  OK, we may spend a lot of time studying Richard, but we still have social lives–look at how we come together for our joint Richarding, right? And that’s no grind!

2. A person who studies a subject or issue in an excessively assiduous, thorough manner. Ah, here we go!! Certainly we are very thorough and assiduous (constant, unremitting, dedicated) in our studies of all things Richard. Oh, the length and breadth and depth we shall go to regarding our TDHBEW, from studying those endearing cowlicks and the cut of his jacket to every expression, small and large, he wears on that amazing face. His voice. His body language. *wibble* His roles. Interviews. Articles. Every new photo, pristine professional or blurry candid. We are drawn to it all like moths to the flame . . .

We wuvs you, Wichard, and so we are wonks. Yes, I’m in need of a nap and being silly. What can I say?

Still, it’s true.  (By the way, wonk entered US slang back in the 1960s, but the origin is unknown–although it might be a shortened form of “wonky.”)

About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

11 responses »

  1. The context you usually hear it in in the U.S. is “policy wonk,” i.e., someone who spends a lot of time studying the effects of public policy (and then advises Congress, works in Washington, DC, etc.)

  2. My husband’s a wonk’s wonk. He studies everything extensively. If you ask him what time it is, he will teach you how to build a watch. Right now he can tell you almost everything there is to know how home care for a cat that has had a stroke. Speaking of Chi Chi, thank you to everyone here for all the well wishes. It helps! She’s resting comfortably after another seizure, but we have talked to the Vet and we’ll take her in tomorrow. He thinks she might pull through because this seizure was less severe than last night, but she is still in crisis. I’m tentatively optimistic. Jon is trying to figure out how to carry her everywhere.

  3. I wuve being a wonk!! I also get quite wonky when Richarding (or should that be Wicharding?) as well as all wibbly wobbly! Such fun being silly now and then!!! 😉

  4. Hey, wonky is good, right? Silly is also good, even if it’s because you need a nap–could use one myself since I got together with some friends this afternoon for lunch and drank a Margarita the size of a birdbath. We had a good time revisiting the shots of Richard with Kermit and Thorin with Red Fraggle–did someone say silly?

  5. Very glad to hear that Chi Chi is resting comfortably and hope for the best–sometimes it may take a few days before their bodies can recoup after an event like that, so she may definitely come back.

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