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Jul 9, 2004
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Miscellaneous words

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tchotchke
eidetic
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malarkey

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malarkey or malarky

(muh-LAR-kee) Pronunciation RealAudio

noun:
1. Misleading speech or writing.
2. Nonsense; foolishness.

Of unknown origin.

"Malarkey is not uncommon out in this neck of the woods. Anyone keeping up with B.C. politics, fast cat ferries, the Vancouver Stock Exchange, leaky condos or the Canucks making a playoff run has bought a load of it at one time. Some of it we're still paying off on the malarkey instalment plan."
Mark Laba; Sleight of Tongue; Vancouver Province (Canada); Oct 24, 2002.

"More than half a million people take to the streets to enjoy the fireworks spectacle but it is a family audience, without any of the Scottish alcohol-fuelled malarkey."
Mike J Wilson; Bright Lights, Party City; The Scotsman (Edinburgh, Scotland); Jan 17, 2004.

See more usage examples of malarkey in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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