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What are the origins of the word malarkey?


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Malarky replaced the word ackamarackus. Malarky is an Irish surname and the substitution is likely an ethnic slur as it was first used in 1924.

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According to Oxford Dictionaries, malarkey is "meaningless talk or nonsense". It came into use in the 1920s and its specific origin is unknown. There is an Irish name — Mullarkey. But a connection from the name to the word hasn't been established.

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