-> ''"Professor Hogben... is unwilling to look 'egregious' up in the dictionary and see what it means."''
--> -- '''Creator/GeorgeOrwell''', "Politics and the English Language"

[[ReviewerStockPhrases People]] [[YouKeepUsingThatWord keep using the word]] "egregious", which [[ThePrincessBride does not mean what they often think it means.]] According to the ''Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary'':

* '''''e·gre·gious''''' ( \i-ˈgrē-jəs\ IPA: /ɪˈɡriː.dʒəs/ or /əˈɡriː.dʒi.əs/)[[labelnote:Pronounced]]:eh-gree-jous or -ji-ous (as in "agree" plus "just" minus "t")[[/labelnote]] ''adj.'' '''1''' archaic : distinguished '''2''' : conspicuous; especially : conspicuously bad : flagrant . Latin ''egregius'', from ''e-'' + ''greg-'', ''grex'' herd
** '''e·gre·gious·ly''' ''adverb''
** '''e·gre·gious·ness''' ''noun''

You'll see this word used often [[RunningGag on This Very Wiki]]. [[RunningGag Repeatedly used]], you could even say (and [[SelfDemonstratingArticle egregiously]] at that). It's almost as if people are looking for reasons to put it in, as if it were the trigger for some kind of pleasurable behavior. The word itself has become a somewhat DiscreditedMeme, as more instances of its use are linked to this page than not. [[TVTropesWikiDrinkingGame Now drink up]]!

Perhaps people want to look learnèd or perhaps it's just a really fun word to say. Go ahead, try it! So, instead of saying "This series is a particularly bad example in that...", you get "This series is particularly egregious in that..." (Note that the usage is usually correct according to the dictionary definition, although "particularly" is redundant, even weakening.) Alternatively, it's a way of using an UnusualEuphemism.

--> '''Waldorf''': People sure seem to like the word "egregious".\\
'''Statler''': That's because it describes them!\\
'''[[StatlerAndWaldorf Both]]''': Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!