This is priceless. A commenter at Huff Post, MSheppard, sent me to the definition of a "malkin" in the dictionary.
[maw-kin, mawl-, mal-] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun British Dialect.
1. an untidy woman; slattern.
2. a scarecrow, ragged puppet, or grotesque effigy.
3. a mop, esp. one made from a bundle of rags and used to clean out a baker's oven.
4. a cat.
5. a hare.
Somewhere in the world, after reading this, a hare is weeping.