The Word Jug: Perfunctory

From the Jug today I poured out : Perfunctory (I like this word!)


  1. Characterised by routine or superficiality: Mechanical – a perfunctory smile.
  2. Lacking in interest or enthusiasm


Perfunctory is a word whose origins are found entirely in Latin. It first appeared in English in the late 16th century and is derived from the Late Latin perfunctorius, meaning “done in a careless or superficial manner.”

I wonder if you ever use today’s word?




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