In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(inspection/description) somero(description/inspection) superficial(greeting) mecánicohe gave it a perfunctory glance — lo miró por encima / de pasada
- They are functional but somehow perfunctory, uncompelling.
- Excuse us for a perfunctory midweek news roundup this week.
- He fails in his duty if his investigation is superficial, slipshod or perfunctory.
- That was why the requirements for the non-enterprise websites had been superficial and perfunctory.
- We have sat through a showcase of set speeches by shadow ministers, but only perfunctory contributions have been allowed from the floor.
- Still, if her attempts to marry wealth are perfunctory, her efforts to increase hers are disastrous.
- But its digital download efforts to date have been perfunctory and poorly promoted.
- I performed a few perfunctory twirls and made good my escape.
- After the most perfunctory of prefaces, he began to speak quickly, urgently.
- His hands are very soft but quite puffy too, and his shake is straight from the school of perfunctory political politeness.
- It seems likely that this interest was never more than passive or perfunctory.
- After a perfunctory search, the soldiers found nothing suspicious in his vehicle and the incident was written off as a tragic accident.
- A perfunctory glance at the painting without having any thought on the substance and the meaning of the work is of little use.
- However, this poor, perfunctory effort will do the band more harm than good.
- He asked what happened, made some perfunctory enquiries, reset the cord and carried on.
- Anyone with even the most perfunctory interest in classical music will have their own favourite Mozart piece.
- Without individualized merit pay, teacher evaluations will remain perfunctory at best.
- His comments on these developments were rather brief and perfunctory.
- This has resulted in a perfunctory clean-up of the area and a discussion on the lack of funds available to restore the park to an acceptable standard.
- Friday's rain-lashed practice session was no more than a few perfunctory laps to give the spectators something to watch.
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