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I'm looking for a good French translation for suck in the context of an activity being a drag. For instance, how would you say "cold-calling sucks"?

The shorter the translation the better.

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  • Sans plus de contexte : "suck" : aspirer, siphonner. "cold calling" démarchage téléphonique (spamming) – cl-r Apr 17 '15 at 19:59
  • You should add that it was to be used in a professional website in your question – goto Apr 21 '15 at 18:53
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It would translate as 'ça craint' or 'c'est nul'. For an activity, you could very well say "c'est chiant".

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    +1 for mentioning my two favorites! I even combine them sometimes if the activity/object/person really sucks: “C’est/t’es nul à chier”! – Papa Poule Apr 17 '15 at 21:31
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You mention that it sucks and that it's a drag as in boring/annoying, or maybe a chore. I noted it doesn't necessarily suck ass/real bad in context. It may piss the person off or not. In so many words, there are many possible choices depending on whether you focus on qualifying what cold calling is or how people react to that. A few suggestions, mostly about the latter:

La sollicitation téléphonique/commerciale/au hasard/à froid c'est (bien/fort)...
désagréable (voir aussi)
ennuyeux
emmerdant
fatigant (-)
rageant/enrageant
moche

...c'est une nuisance.

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"C'est de la merde" works perfectly as well when you speak about an activity, a show, a movie, etc...

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    Doesn't work for a professional business website. – frenchie Apr 20 '15 at 15:43
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    So? 'It sucks' doesn't work for a professional business website either. – Evpok Apr 20 '15 at 18:45
  • No, 'prospecting sucks' works for me but 'prospecting is shit' wouldn't work; same as in French. – frenchie Apr 21 '15 at 16:06
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In that specific context I would use "ça me saoûle" although it doesn't qualify the cold-calling action but the effect it has on me.

Otherwise, "c'est naze", or "c'est relou" apply well. At least here in Paris.

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So after thinking about it for a few days, I came up with "Dur dur le phoning" I think this conveys the message I'm looking to translate.

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    I can't claim that this doesn't work in French, because it might work in some variant. But in French from France, this sounds weird and doesn't mean anything close to “cold-calling sucks”: “Dur dur” means that something is difficult, and “phoning” isn't a word. – Gilles Apr 19 '15 at 19:48
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    Ah, ok so you’re looking for a way to say that it sucks to MAKE cold calls. I was thinking it was for expressing how much it sucks to RECEIVE such calls (at dinner time, for example). So yeah, the notion of “difficulty” would be more appropriate from the caller’s point of view, but I still think Guillaume’s “c’est nul (à chier)” would work for both ends of the calls: “C’est nul (à chier) [d’appeler les inconnus].” “ C’est nul (à chier) [de recevoir les appels des inconnus].” Another slang way to capture “Dur dur” might be “[Ce n’est] PAS FASTOCHE [d’appeler les inconnus].” – Papa Poule Apr 20 '15 at 16:30
  • Geez! Why the downvote? care to explain? – frenchie Apr 21 '15 at 21:57
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    Not my downvote (in fact I'll even bring you to even), but it could POSSIBLY have something to do with you (and you are certainly not alone) thinking that a VERY thinly veiled reference to fellatio (or BEST case to breast-feeding [from "hind tit"]) is somehow more suitable for "a professional website" than a reference to excrement (and no, spelling it with an X (SUX) doesn't help one bit to lift it to respectability). – Papa Poule Apr 21 '15 at 23:42
  • This should have been an edit to your question, not an answer. You are supposed to give details of whatever research you have made in your question. A tour of the Help Centre might help you ask better questions. – Laure Apr 27 '16 at 15:54

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