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Malarkey a.k.a malarky

Posted by Bruce Kahl on January 23, 2001

When,in 1961,I proclaimed my innocence of drinking beer and smoking cigarettes (the other smokables were not around yet), my father would tell me "Oh yeah, you're full of malarkey since you smell like a brewery".
Any ideas on the origin or root of malarkey?
thanx
bk