A Brief History of Malarkey

Inspired by both Matt Yglesias and the launch of Joe Biden’s Malarkey Express, this Google ngram demonstrates the impact Biden has had over his 50-year political career:

Does Biden deserve credit for this boom in the popularity of malarkey? I don’t know why not. It’s only his preferred spelling that’s taken off, after all. Science™ has spoken.

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