Don’t Be Perfunctory!

I hope you had a great week-end! It has been hot where I live — up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit . . .

The first word for today is implacable. Implacable (im-plak-uh-buhl) is an adjective that means not to be appeased, mollified, or pacified. Unbending, merciless. Over the week-end, we saw a movie of a young man who was hired for a certain job. It seemed that he could never please his boss. His boss seemed to be unhappy with everything that he did. The boss was implacable.

A country could have an implacable enemy, which would mean the enemy would be merciless. Similar to what is happening in the Middle East. One side does something the other side doesn’t like so that first side sets off a car bomb. Then the other side retaliates in a similar manner.

Or maybe a country is trying to make peace with its enemy and the enemy refuses to meet or refuses to work toward creating peace. During peace talks, they have their demands and refuse to bend. That country could be described as implacable.

Maybe you have an acquaintance or co-worker that is implacable. Maybe you are working on a project with that person and you think you should do something one way and the co-worker thinks it should be done another way. Regardless of what you try to do to mollify or appease the person, he or she will not budge an inch. That’s implacable. (I hope your boss isn’t like that!!)

The second word is perfunctory. Perfunctory (per-fuhngk-tuh-ree) is an adjective that means performed merely as a routine duty, lacking interest or care. Have you ever called a business and the person answering the phone sounded very bored or possibly unhappy that you have called? That person is answering the phone with perfunctory courtesy (merely as a routine duty, lacking interest or care).

Perfunctory also means indifferent or apathetic, negligent, heedless, thoughtless, hasty and without attention to detail, not thorough. Sometimes children do a perfunctory job at cleaning their rooms (hasty and indifferent to details). Maybe someone deep in thought will nod their head in greeting as they pass you on the street. That would be a perfunctory nod – thoughtless, heedless, indifferent. They really aren’t paying attention to you. They are just going through the motion of extending a greeting. That’s perfunctory.

The last word is pundit. Pundit (puhn-dit) is a noun that means a learned person, expert, or authority. A person who makes comments or judgments, especially in an authoritative manner. A critic or commentator. Last night, I went over to my seventy-eight-year-old neighbor’s home to help her with a computer problem. She considered me a pundit (an expert or authority) on computers and that is why she called me for help.

During a trial, a lawyer might call a pundit to testify – and that person would be an authority in his field. Rush Limbaugh could be considered a pundit because he is a political commentator. An experienced movie reviewer is a pundit – someone who is a critic. A professor who has specialized in bioinformatics is a pundit (learned person) in that field.

I hope that you don’t give these words just a perfunctory glance. I hope that you lean them and use them!

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