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  • "Perfunctory" is the word which one must use to describe the creative impulse of which they are the ungrateful legacy -- an impulse less spontaneous, there is reason to believe, than utilitarian.

    Edward MacDowell

  • Perfunctory sidewalks that suddenly end, highway on and off ramps with no concessions for pedestrians, too many 4+ lane streets with crosswalks that are too wide, no buffers between traffic and sidewalks, walkways that remain snow covered in winter and flooded when it rains, et., etc.

    Walking Ottawa « XUP

  • Dru Blood - I believe in the inherent goodness of all beings: Perfunctory Writing

    Dru Blood - I believe in the inherent goodness of all beings: Perfunctory Writing

  • Perfunctory but true note: Saddam was in fact a very evil and cruel dictator.

    ~ Angry Bear

  • Perfunctory curtsy, then her tread on the clumsy stairs.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • Perfunctory curtsy, then her tread on the clumsy stairs.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • Perfunctory — oh, God! She couldn't bear it, not like this.

    Tender Rebel

  • Perfunctory sleeves flopped half-way down her arms.

    The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

  • Perfunctory church attendance has little part in such a program.

    Vocational Guidance for Girls

  • Perfunctory checking had brought out the fact that "Smiley" Webb had been drawing this money every month, and hadn't as much as mailed in a single progress report.

    Minor Detail

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