Benedict XVI did the same, but he cannot distance himself from the muck around him.
If you are going to continue to muck around, at least give me a couple of stories.
mid-13c., "cow dung and vegetable matter spread as manure," from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse myki, mykr "cow dung," Danish møg, from Proto-Germanic *muk-, *meuk- "soft." Meaning "unclean matter generally" is from c.1300. Muck-sweat first attested 1690s.
late 14c., "to dig in the ground," also "to remove manure," early 15c., "to spread manure, cover with muck," from muck (n.). Meaning "to make dirty" is from 1832; in the figurative sense, "to make a mess of," it is from 1886; to muck about "mess around" is from 1856. Related: Mucked; mucking.
To tinker or tamper; interfere in; fuck around: I found myself mucking around my life as well as Jean's/ He believed that other Brewer coaches were mucking around too much in his area of expertise
[a euphemism for fuck around]
high muckety-muck: Always used with big, high, etc: the way some of these big mucks do