policy wonk / policy wank

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Tue Jan 8 19:52:50 UTC 2002

>From a different sphere, there is the term "fanwank" common among internet
discussion groups devoted to popular TV shows, movies, etc.

A definition taken from the alt.tv.buffy-v-slayer FAQ
(http://alcor.concordia.ca/~ra_forti/FAQ) is: "A fanwank is an explanation
made up by fans to cover something left unexplained by the creators, or to
cover up an seeming inconsistancy in the stories."

I don't know the origin, but I have a suspicion that it goes back to "Dr.
Who" or "Star Trek" fan fiction/clubs.

So could the practitioner be a "wonk" and the output be "wank?"

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