Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Today's Word "perfunctory"

Perfunctory \pur-FUNGK-tuh-ree\ (adjective) - 1 : Done merely to carry out a duty; performed mechanically or routinely. 2 : Lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; indifferent.

"His hugs, although expansive and affectionate, did not linger, seemed perfunctory." -- Susan Bordo, 'The Male Body'

Perfunctory derives from Late Latin perfunctorius , from Latin perfungi , to perform fully, to get done with, from per- , through + fungi , to perform