In the Webster's New World Dictionary, "malarkey" means "insincere, meaningless or deliberately misleading talk." In the vice-presidential debate, it meant a separate hashtag on Twitter and lots of attention for Biden's folksy style.
"With all due respect, that's a bunch of malarkey," he told Ryan.
He did what Democrats wished Obama had done last week with Romney: Call out the opponent when you think he's being untruthful.
Biden also told Ryan: "This is a bunch of stuff," referring to the congressman's criticism of Obama's treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Shuster, the University of Pittsburgh professor, liked the phrase, but thought Biden really wanted to say something, er, stronger.
By Jocelyn Noveck, AP
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