Donald Trump has added a number of signature phrases to his repertoire over the course of the ongoing presidential election, but it seems he’s not the only politician harboring a quotable catchphrase: Apparently, Joe Biden loves to use the word “malarkey.”
On Wednesday night, the vice president made headlines for throwing out the term during his scathing DNC speech, driving Americans to look up the remark online. As “malarkey” rose to the top of Merriam-Webster’s search terms, the company noticed a trend: It wasn’t the first time Biden had touted the word during a formal address.
In fact, Biden has said “malarkey” dozens of times since stepping into the public eye, dating back to at least 1983. “Don’t buy all this malarkey that we’re in so much trouble,” he told a Philadelphia crowd during his own presidential run in 1988. Amid his 2012 vice-presidential debate with Paul Ryan, he slapped the congressman with a, “With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey.”
For the record, “malarkey” means “insincere or foolish talk” or “nonsense.” Its roots trace back as far as the early 1920s, though its use has since decreased in popularity despite Biden’s best efforts. Still, Merriam-Webster reports that his DNC speech drew in more attention than any of his previous comments, so a comeback isn’t too far out of the question.
Watch a clip from the speech below.