wonk as a verb

Mark Davies Mark_Davies at BYU.EDU
Fri Jun 27 15:48:11 UTC 2008

>> Now antedated to 1954 in Time (but not in the BYU Time Corpus?):

Yes, it's there, but I was just looking for [wonk] as a verb in the corpus. As far as other early noun uses:

"it has proved to many an American that he has a wonky (feeble) vocabulary. Confronted by too many x's or z's"  (1954. Apr 26)

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