palaver - fuss
Specifically in British English, the informal word ‘palaver’ is used to express a lot of unneeded work, trouble, or bother over the way something is done, making it seem a lot more important than it really is. More generally, the term can describe loud and empty talk that goes on for too long.
Organizing that office function was such a palaver! It took up so much of my time that I am never going to volunteer to do something like that again.
I can’t stand the nonstop palaver of politicians when they’re on the campaign trail. It’s just a lot of empty talk that drags on for weeks.
There was a lot of palaver involving forms, documentation, and meetings, but finally the deal was agreed and the contract signed.