I came across the word, “The wonk gap” used as the headline of the article written by Paul Krugman in New York Times’ September 8 issue. The word reappears in the following sentence:
Senator Rand Paul --insisted, “the size of growth of government is enormous under President Obama” - which was completely untrue but was presumably what his sources had told him, knowing that it was what he wanted to hear. For that, surely, is what the wonk gap is all about. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/09/opinion/krugman-the-wonk-gap.html?hp
None of CED, OED, and Merriam-Webster carries “wonk gap,” nor does GoogleNgram.
However, there are dozens of descriptions incorporating “wonk gap” on Google Serach.
For an example, the article written by Steve Benen in MSnbc Maddow blog ( June 3, 2013) comes under the headline, “Avik Roy and the wonk gap,” and goes on:
“Jon Krugman, and others have detailed reports explaining why Avik Roy's analysis simply doesn't make sense, and I hope folks will follow the links to understand the underlying policy dispute. It's not just of a gray area; Roy is simply wrong. But it's the point about "why we can't have an honest debate" that resonates with me. Indeed, it reinforces the "wonk gap" thesis I've been kicking around for a while. http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/06/03/18727925-avik-roy-and-the-wonk-gap?lite
OED defines ‘wonk’ as;
(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.
But it doesn’t give me a clear idea of ‘wonk gap’.
What does “wonk gap” mean in essence, in a couple of words?
Do most Americans understand and use this phrase, or it’s just a politics, or press jargon, of which currency is limited to a select group of people?