This week there was a bit about the Pres talking to, well here:
"President Obama traveled to Scranton, PA yesterday to talk about an issue that impacts millions of women and families across the country – the extension of the payroll tax cut. It sounds like another wonky issue, but this one has the potential to hit all of our pocketbooks. If Congress doesn’t vote to extend the current payroll tax cut, taxes will go up for millions of Americans. For a typical family earning $50,000 a year, that means a $1,000 tax increase."
Good to know, but "wonky"?
Wonky is defined by the Urban Dictionary as:
"weird, whacked out, messed up, not working for no definable reason. Usually applied to technology."
I wouldn't call this issue"wonky", even if it fit the definition, which it doesn't. Another assault on working people, an opportunity for this people-hating lying spoiled and corrupt amoral gang of puppets for the rich to make their masters happy, yes. Wonky, no. I could write better copy and speeches.
Is this some kind of marketing to the young and presumed ignorant? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines wonky as
probably alteration of English dialect wankle, from Middle English wankel, from Old English wancol; akin to Old High German wankōn to totter — more at wench
First Known Use: 1918
If used in the chiefly British sense, it fits.
So my conclusion is that this bit was written by either
A) A centegenarian Brit
B) A 40-something nerd who's not quite a PR genius and doesn't know what wonky means in the USA in 2011
My money's on B.