Definitions

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  • noun A self-congratulatory meeting of wonks (overly studious individuals).

Etymologies

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wonk +‎ -fest

Examples

  • The one substantive get of the evening, financial-regulation grande dame Elizabeth Warren, was rushed through a wonkfest that was heavy on jargon, but so lacking in background and context that it was hard to know what was going on.

    Parker Spitzer: no snap or crackle, and not pop

  • The occasion was the opening-night dinner of Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women Summit, a three-day estrogen-flavored wonkfest: Geena Davis lecturing the female execs and entrepreneurs on gender in media, Melody Barnes and Michelle Rhee holding forth on education, Trudie Styler teaching 6 a.m. yoga.

    Nora Ephron tries to draw out Nancy Pelosi at Fortune's "Most Powerful Women Summit"

  • Elmendorf was summoned to the White House for what became known as the “Showdown of the CBO Directors,” a wonkfest for those obsessed, as so many in Washington were just then, with the details of health care.

    THE PROMISE

  • Elmendorf was summoned to the White House for what became known as the “Showdown of the CBO Directors,” a wonkfest for those obsessed, as so many in Washington were just then, with the details of health care.

    THE PROMISE

  • Elmendorf was summoned to the White House for what became known as the “Showdown of the CBO Directors,” a wonkfest for those obsessed, as so many in Washington were just then, with the details of health care.

    THE PROMISE

  • Without any real news to announce and discuss, the event turned into a health care policy wonkfest and, notably, an excursion into racial politics when Obama gave a politically inartful reply to a question about one of the latest media crazes, the arrest of a black Harvard professor trying to get into his own home.

    William Bradley: Is Obama Getting Overexposed?

  • Monday, the president convenes a "fiscal responsibility summit" -- a four-hour wonkfest, which will be opened by Mr. Obama then led by economic aides and cabinet members who will divide the 130 participants into sessions on health care, taxation, Social Security, contracting and procurement, and budget processes.

    Obama Has Much to Juggle in Coming Week

  • He's heading for Omaha to chair an economic-policy wonkfest and meet with loyal Nebraska supporters to discuss his plans.

    Catch The Excitement!

  • If it sounds utterly insane to imagine this half-hearted policy wonkfest as some kind of a heated debate ...

    Larry Womack: Desperate Times, Half Measures

  • Many of the OTA reports are classics in the field of nonproliferation, such as the June 1977 wonkfest

    ArmsControlWonk

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