Vice President Biden thought much of what his opponent said Thursday night was malarkey, and his face often showed what he was thinking. Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images The Two-Way What's All This Malarkey About Malarkey? October 12, 2012 Malarkey is "meaningless talk, nonsense." Vice President Biden said that's what GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan was spreading. Where the word came from is a bit of a mystery.