Sam Harris Dictionary: Perfunctory

Sam Harris sometimes uses the word perfunctory on his podcast. Perfunctory describes the way someone performs an action without thinking about it… Usually in an apparently non-caring, lackadaisical way… per·func·to·ry pərˈfəNG(k)t(ə)rē adjective (of an action or gesture) carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection. In using perfunctory in a sentence, you could say: “Finally, she completed her new Facebook user registration with a perfunctory agreement to the social network’s Terms and Conditions.”

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Sam Harris Dictionary: Apocryphal

Sam Harris often uses the word apocryphal on his Waking Up podcast… The regular use of apocryphal shouldn’t be surprising when one considers that Sam basically calls bullshit for a living. Apocryphal is used to describe statements or stories that are widely believed to be true, but aren’t. a·poc·ry·phal adjective (of a story or statement) of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true. Example: “an apocryphal story about a former president” synonyms: fictitious, made-up, untrue, fabricated, false, spurious  

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