konfeta (konfeta) wrote in daily_russian,

Порожняк

Порожняк - (n., m.) - useless, goalless, vain ideas or acts. Waste of one own's time, but often waste of other people's time. Often, everyone is fully aware in advance that there will be no result.
Also: порожняковый - (adj.) - день, мысль, идея, разговор и т.п.

Literally: no freight.

Example:
На той неделе в офис приходил Петров, смотрел студию, оборудование, рассказывал, как и что снимать собирается для своей программы, но, как обычно в его случае, это всё был какой-то порожняк - с тех пор пропал. (Last week, Petrov came to the office, examined the studio, the equipment, told us how and what he would shoot for his TV program, but as usual in his case, it was a total waste of time - since then he disappeared.)
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