I am a certified old guy. Just for the fun of it, I sometimes show my children how in touch I am with the younger generation by using slang that is way out of date, such as ‘far out’, ‘groovy’, ‘dig’, and ‘hip’. But even I would not stoop to using the word ‘malarkey’ and it baffles me that Joe Biden, already fighting an image that he is utterly out of touch with current times, would actually use it in his campaign slogan.
Conan O’Brien talks to Biden’s communications person as to the wisdom of this decision.
But maybe this might work. Young people may not know that this is a very old term and may think he has coined new slang and that would make him a trendsetter.