IME it means "extremely" of one thing or another, without a definite swing
as to good or bad…
2009/9/9 Garth Wallace <[log in to unmask]>
> On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 9:23 PM, Eugene Oh<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > On Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 1:44 AM, Daniel Demski <[log in to unmask]>
> >> Neat, I'll print some out and put them up on my university's bulletin
> >> boards! :D
> >> What is the second conscript shown? It is pulchrous.
> > Daniel's question drew my attention more to the adjective he used to
> > describe it. The first time I encountered it, many years ago, I'd thought
> > meant the thing was disgusting, stinky, etc. (maybe because the stressed
> > syllable is the same in "repulsive"!)
> > What's the word that has most upset your expectations of its meaning?
> When I took Latin, I was surprised to find that "egregius" meant
> "good, excellent". I was familiar with the English "egregious" from
> Wayne's World or Bill & Ted or some such thing, where it was used to
> mean "extremely bad".