I don’t think it would have all got me quite so down if just once in a while—just once in a while—there was at least some polite little perfunctory implication that knowledge should lead to wisdom, and that if it doesn’t, it’s just a disgusting waste of time!
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She gave us menus and a perfunctory smile.
Her perfunctory apology did little to ease my annoyance.