[CQ-Contest] I shouldnt be complaining but..

W0UN -- John Brosnahan shr at swtexas.net
Sun Sep 17 13:35:09 EDT 2006

At 10:10 AM 9/17/2006, you wrote:

>Guess I'm an OOTC, too.
>EGREGIOUS has always meant distinguished or eminent to me.  Guess all that
>"egregious" Latin in my teen years is too blame.
>Jon Hamlet,  W4ZW

(Contest Relevant Info (???) included!  Barely.)


I had four years of Latin as well -- 1959-1962 -- with the 
Jesuits.  I credit them with
teaching me how to think, AND giving me a (declining, along with my 
age) vocabulary!

My reply was really meant ONLY as a friendly jab to Lew, with whom I 
have not recently
communicated.  I meant it only as a "hello"!  I can get away with 
this because I consider
Lew a friend!

But in all honesty, MY Latin WAS egregious (as in extremely or 
conspicuously bad).

Isn't it fascinating how the meaning of words evolves over the years.

And now "Red Hot Chili Peppers" means torture!     ;-)

And speaking of chili peppers, if you need some to keep you awake in a
CONTEST you can try different peppers -- where hotness is measured on
the Scoville scale.  It is not expressed in dB but probably should be!  Just
one more bit of trivia for the trivia deprived.


One of many interesting reference sites.

--John  W0UN

EGREGIOUS  --  www.dictionary.com

1.  Extraordinary is some BAD way; glaring; flagrant.

2.  ARCHAIC. distinguished or eminent.

EGREGIOUS --  American Hertitage dictionary

1.  Conspiciously bad or offensive.

EGREGIOUS --  Merriam-Webster

1)  extremely or conspicuously bad

EGREGIOUS -- Wordnet

1)  Conspicuously and outrageously bad, or reprehensible.

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