The left-winger said all the other candidates were "policy wonks" and "men in their 40s who played football together".
- Diane Abbott in The Mirror
This takes us to what might prove the biggest problem of all: that four ex-wonks with limited life experience
- The Guardian
There is, as everybody knows, a figure of speech that if you know something well, you know it backwards. Therefore, if you know something backwards, you wonk it. Hence a policy wonk.
It is the same formation as yob, Llareggub and mooreeffoc, all of which I have blogged upon before. The first words ever said by one human to another were palindromic:
Madam, I'm Adam.
P.S. This is one of those occasions where the OED has clearly got it wrong. They conflate two different uses of the word and then suggest that over-brainy people at Harvard wouldn't spend their time making up semordnilaps.