Egregious derives from the Latin word egregius meaning "distinguished" or "eminent." In its earliest English uses, ”egregious ” was a compliment to someone who had a remarkably good quality that placed him or her eminently above others But now alas it seems to mean outstanding, but not in a good way.
There were loads of egrets where we lived in Nigeria, MawB and they foraged amongst the rubbish and carried diseases. 😷. I mostly felt sorry for them though, as they looked so dirty, unlike their country cousins who were pristine white.