malarkey

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Origin unknown; perhaps from Greek μαλακός (malakós, soft; compliant, meek; gentle, mellow, mild, mild-mannered) or μαλακία (malakía, masturbation; (figuratively) idiocy, stupidity; bullshit, nonsense). The word was popularized by the Irish-American cartoonist Thomas Aloysius (“Tad”) Dorgan (1877–1929), who started using it in cartoons on March 9, 1922.[1][2]

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malarkey (uncountable)

  1. (originally US, informal) Nonsense; rubbish. [from 1920s]
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:nonsense
    I decided it was a bunch of malarkey and stopped reading about halfway through.

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  1. ^ malarkey, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford: Oxford University Press, June 2000.
  2. ^ Mark Memmot (12 October 2012), “What’s All this Malarkey about Malarkey?”, in NPR[1], archived from the original on 6 June 2019.

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