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    пинать болду

    i dont know whether to use this or not. i was told it ment 'to do nothing', like прозебать but not as negative. when i said it to some other russians they had never heard ot before. does anybody else know/use this phrase?
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    i dont. never heard of it.
    btw i think thats not бОлда but бАлда, this way it at least makes some sense.... not much though

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    пинать балду does mean to do nothing, a low-class slang.

    The other word you mentioned, прозябать, has a different meaning.

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    1) I've heard "гонять балду" more often than "пинать балду"
    There is a verb балдеть (to do nothing)

    2) ПРОЗЯБАТЬ -аю. -аешь; несов. Вести жалкую, бедную или бессодержательную, бесцельную жизнь. П. в нищете, в невежестве. Не живут, а прозябают. || сущ. прозябание, -я, ср.

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    There's nothing low class about this expression. Пинать балду, валять дурака, бить баклуши are all colloquialisms for "doing nothing important", not "for doing nothing" literally.
    I've got a TV, and I'm not afraid to use it

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    I wouldn't use that phrase. It's not common and sounds trashy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gRomoZeka
    I wouldn't use that phrase. It's not common and sounds trashy.
    If you are unaware of the fact that
    БАКЛУШИ = Деревянные чурки, предназначенные для выделки из них посуды
    БАЛДА = Тяжелый молот, применявшийся при горных работах и в кузницах
    and
    ДУРАК = Ванька-встанька

    then all these words are clearly trashy for a modern big-city dweller
    I've got a TV, and I'm not afraid to use it

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    Quote Originally Posted by adoc
    Quote Originally Posted by gRomoZeka
    I wouldn't use that phrase. It's not common and sounds trashy.
    If you are unaware of the fact that
    БАКЛУШИ = Деревянные чурки, предназначенные для выделки из них посуды
    БАЛДА = Тяжелый молот, применявшийся при горных работах и в кузницах
    and
    ДУРАК = Ванька-встанька

    then all these words are clearly trashy for a modern big-city dweller
    I don't see what these words have to do with what I said. Some people use "пинать балду" talking about masturbating, and no extracts from dictionaries can change it.
    Every slang word and every word of russian "мат" once had a decent meaning. It doesn't mean you should use 'em freely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gRomoZeka
    I don't see what these words have to do with what I said. Some people use "пинать балду" talking about masturbating, and no extracts from dictionaries can change it.
    Huh? I believe it's time to reconsider the group of people you hang out with. I assure you that пинать балду has nothing to do with мат or masturbation regardless of the interests of "some people" that you are referring to.
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    thanks for the answers guys, i love a debate
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lt. Columbo
    thanks for the answers guys, i love a debate
    Hehe, I guess it's like arguing online about what the meanings of the "table-time" or "periscope" are. There's always someone who'd be claiming that these are types of sexual perversions and that no self-respecting person will ever say anything dirty like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adoc
    Huh? I believe it's time to reconsider the group of people you hang out with.
    Thanks God I don't hang out with them. I'm not deaf, that's all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gRomoZeka
    Quote Originally Posted by adoc
    Huh? I believe it's time to reconsider the group of people you hang out with.
    Thanks God I don't hang out with them. I'm not deaf, that's all.
    May be not deaf, but quite special. Where did you get it? Never - ever in my entire life I heard that "пинать балду" is something indecent. I am pretty sure it's a local thing. Like in the book I just read: "Маша" и "Аркаша" по-соборски означают дура, набитая соломой и глупый дурак. И всех Маш и Аркаш, если не хочешь схлопотать как следует, надобно называть не иначе как Манями, Марусями, в крайнем случае Марьями Батьковнами и Аркадиями".
    Find your inner Bart!

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