- 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. 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. Of course, some were uses that were Played Straight until they were linked to this page later on.
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 more than once.
Statler: That's because it describes them!