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Jan 24, 2000This week's theme
Words that have reversed their meaning
This week's words
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
adjective: Remarkable in a bad way; flagrant.
From Latin egregius (outstanding), from e-, ex- (out of) + greg-, stem of grex (flock). Earlier something egregious was one that stood out because it was remarkably good. Over the centuries the word took 180 degree turn and today it refers to something grossly offensive.
"The most egregious example of this sort of scapegoating came last week,
when Italy's Giovanni Trapattoni blamed Ecuadorean ref Byron Moreno for
the Azzuri's inglorious defeat by South Korea."
"Parolles: My lord, you give me most egregious indignity.
Lafeu: Ay, with all my heart; and thou art worthy of it."
We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders. -Maya Angelou, poet (1928- )
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