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My pet fish Zach and Zebula are so superficial or shallow, concerned only about how their tails swish and how shiny their scales are. They never talk about anything important or about what really matters, but chat about superficial or surface things like who is swimming with whom and who ate the most fish food. They only get the superficial or obvious parts of the books we read in our school of fish, like who did what, not why someone did something. How I would love to meet someone other than Zach or Zebula who is not superficial or without depth, who doesn’t care so much about how they look but what they are like inside instead!

Quiz: If you do superficial research for a project, what have you done?

  • You have extensively researched your topic and understand it on a deeper level.
  • You have done so much research that you are having a hard time sorting through it all.
  • You have only researched the basic and most obvious aspects of your topic.

Memory Hook

Super Special Facial Candy is only concerned with getting the super special facial every day at the local spa, and then admiring her face for the rest of the day.


  • Quotations (such as have point and lack triteness) from the great old authors are an act of reverence on the part of the quoter, and a blessing to a public grown superficial and external. — Lord Chesterfield Lord chesterfield
  • Talk to your doctor if you are not sure that your symptoms are caused by a superficial blood clot or if you are not sure how to treat your symptoms. —WebMD
  • Introverts, and geeks in general, are very loyal to those who see past the superficial and are very much worth the effort required to earn their trust and friendship. —Wired
  • Although the initial infection may be superficial, it eventually can affect the tissues underlying your skin or spread to your lymph nodes and bloodstream. —CNN

Word Ingredients

super- over, above
fac face, surface
-al of or relating to

When one is superficial, one is only concerned with those aspects “above the face” or “over the surface,” not anything that is underneath.

Word Theater

Annie Hall A superficial couple.

Word Constellation