When Biden was faced with what he saw as a load of lies, he interrupted his opponent with, “with all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey.” And that was just one of the two times he used the word malarkey in a mere twenty minutes. And then, malarkey – a once old-school and rarely used word – became the most popular term for night.
The hashtag #malarky began trending on twitter with a slew of references and usages like:
@huny: “I’m convinced that most of biden’s debate prep time was spent replacing the curses he uses at home w/ family friendly terms.”
@Annaleen: “Ohhh, MALARKY. Nice. Hopefully the next smackdown will involve gobbledegook or maybe flimflam”
The word, which is of unknown origin, first appeared in 1929 but hasn’t been used much in the last couple of decades. But now it’s had a resurgence, and now we just might hear our kids using malarky, but hopefully not in a “hey mom, you’re full of malarky,” sort of way.
Have you ever used the word malarky?