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    unknown idiom

    Hello,

    I was watching an old TV show the other day called "The honeymooners' and I heard "It's a lot of /mola:ki/ " This is the phonetic transcription. Could anyone tell what the correct word and spelling looks like?

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    The wife was telling her husband that sleepwalking was caused by nervousness but obviously the husband didn't agree and said "It's a lot of ..."



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    Re: unknown idiom

    malarky is a term used in the 40's and 50's to mean: bunch of junk, BS, crap, untruths.

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    Re: unknown idiom

    sorry - that's marlarkey

    foolish talk

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    Re: unknown idiom

    (I am not a teacher) The word is "malarkey" or "malarky": it means foolish talk or something that does not have or make sense. It was commonly used in the mid-20th century although you will still hear it nowadays on occasion!

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    Re: unknown idiom

    Thanks to all of you for your quick response

    cp

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