Malarkey, and stuff

So what does that word “Malarkey” mean?

According to Merriam-Webster, it’s defined as “insincere or foolish talk: bunkum“.

The OED dates its first reference to 1929. And all dictionaries seem to agree: its origin is unknown.

“Even life without drugs has gotta be better than this malarkey.” — Pete Doherty

“It’s malarkey. When you tell people that the roof crushing in on your head is not the cause of injury, it’s your head hitting the roof, it’s laughable.” — Joan Claybrook

“That was a bunch of malarkey! … That’s a bunch of stuff! That’s what the Irish call malarkey.” – Joe Biden, responding to Paul Ryan’s attack on the government’s foreign policy during the VP debate, 2012

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