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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]> wrote:
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>> 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.
>>
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> 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 it
> 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".