Just For Fun: Egregious

"Professor Hogben... is unwilling to look 'egregious' up in the dictionary and see what it means."
George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language"

  • e·gre·gious ( \i-ˈgrē-jəs\ IPA: /ɪˈɡriː.dʒəs/ or /əˈɡriː.dʒi.əs/)Pronounced  adj. 1 archaic : distinguished 2 : conspicuous; especially : conspicuously bad : flagrant <egregious errors>. Latin egregius, from e- + greg-, grex herd

You'll see this word used often, way too often, on this very wiki. Repeatedly used, you could say. 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 Discredited Meme, as more instances of its use are linked to this page.

Now drink up! It will help you think of a better way to say something is less than perfect. For example, notice how the article you are reading has not used that term to describe the over-wrought, clichéd, mind-numbingly bland, atrocious, annoying use of this stilted, just-plain-busted word.

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