-> ''"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]]!
Of course, the real reason is that people want to look [[ItsPronouncedTroPAY learnèd]] on this site.[[note]]Alternatively, it's just a really fun word to say. Go ahead, try it![[/note]] So, instead of saying "This series is a particularly bad example in that...", you get "This series is particularly egregious in..." Alternatively, it's a way of using an UnusualEuphemism -- since calling a show "badly written" might spark an EditWar, they use a word that is, strictly speaking, neutral, but has inescapable negative connotations.
A much less used word that seems to be the target of much egregious grasping is "gregarious", which means "social" or "sociable". If someone's talking about an "egregious person", this is what they were going for (unless they just don't like the guy). Oh, and "egregarious" is not the Internet equivalent of being sociable, it's not a word at all, [[http://www.google.com/search?q=egregarious despite what some people seem to think]].
--> '''Waldorf''': People sure seem to like the word "egregious".\\
'''Statler''': That's because it describes them!\\
'''[[StatlerAndWaldorf Both]]''': Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!