2013年10月12日星期六

bones, wonk, made no bones about, talkathon

 

The apartment has great bones, a great location and so much natural light you will have to wear sunglasses--once all the clutter is carted away.
Selling a Hoarder’s Apartment

 

 

The Wonk With the Ear of Chinese President Xi Jinping14

 

 

 

 

 Rotherham, a co-founder and partner at the nonprofit Bellwether Education, writes the blog Eduwonk. The views expressed are solely his own.


Deming, a process wonk, made no bones about telling his faithful (in his low, droning, authoritative voice) that they had to follow his methods to the letter or they'd surely screw it up. Miss a step, and you're no longer doing TQM-and by the way, why isn't your boss here because he needs to believe, too?

You don’t have to be a policy wonk to marvel at the political skill L.B.J. wielded to resuscitate a bill that seemed doomed to never get a vote on the floor of either chamber.




Definition of wonk


noun

  • 1 North American informal, derogatory a studious or hard-working person:any kid with an interest in science was a wonk
  • a person who takes an excessive interest in minor details of political policy:he is a policy wonk in tune with a younger generation of voters
  • 2 Nautical slang an incompetent or inexperienced sailor, especially a naval cadet.


Derivatives


wonkish

adjective

Origin:

1920s: of unknown origin


wonk
n. Slang
  1. A student who studies excessively; a grind.
  2. One who studies an issue or a topic thoroughly or excessively: "leading a talkathon of policy wonks in a methodical effort to build consensus for his programs" (Michael Kranish).
[Origin unknown.]


made no bones about
Act or speak frankly about something, without hesitation or evasion. For example, Tom made no bones about wanting to be promoted, or Make no bones about it--she's very talented. Versions of this expression date back to the mid-1400s and the precise allusion is no longer known. Some believe it meant a boneless stew or soup that one could eat without hesitation; others relate it to dice, originally made from bones, that were thrown without hesitation or fuss.


  talkathon =talk+MARATHON


bone
 

noun

  • 1any of the pieces of hard, whitish tissue making up the skeleton in humans and other vertebrates:his injuries included many broken bones a shoulder bone
    The substance of bones is formed by specialized cells (osteoblasts) that secrete around themselves a material containing calcium salts (which provide hardness and strength in compression) and collagen fibers (which provide tensile strength). Many bones have a central cavity containing marrow
  • (bones) a person’s body:he hauled his tired bones upright
  • (bones) a corpse or skeleton:the diggers turned up the bones of a fifteen-year-old girl bones of prehistoric mammals
  • a bone of an animal with meat on it, used as food for people or dogs:stewed in stock made with a ham bone dogs yelping over a bone
  • 2the calcified material of which bones consist:an earring of bone
  • a substance similar to bone such as ivory, dentin, or whalebone.
  • (often bones) a thing made of, or once made of, such a substance, for example a pair of dice.
  • the whitish color of bone:the sandals she had dyed bone to match the small purse
  • 3 (bones) the basic or essential framework of something:you need to put some flesh on the bones of your idea
4 vulgar slang a penis.

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