-> ''"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 [[Film/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 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. [[DrinkingGame/TVTropesWiki Now drink up]]!

Perhaps people want to look learned or perhaps it's just a really fun word to say. Go ahead, try it! So, instead of saying "[[WordCruft 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.

It is also used to mean "notable" on Wiki/TVTropes and point out the examples the editing {{troper}} knows as one of the rules is Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability.

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