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hypercorrection

Line breaks: hyper|cor¦rec|tion
Pronunciation: /hʌɪpəkəˈrɛkʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of hypercorrection in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The use of an erroneous word form or pronunciation based on a false analogy with a correct or prestigious form, such as the use of I instead of me as a grammatical object (as in he invited my husband and I to lunch).
Example sentences
  • It's interesting that everyone, prescriptivists and anti-prescriptivists alike, seems to think that hypercorrection is wrong, morally as well as logically.
  • It's clearly not hypercorrection, since the move is away from a more standard variant.
  • Haeri argues that this is a result of hypercorrection.

Derivatives

hypercorrect

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • And not even Strunk would prefer ‘We the persons’ in this case, where the joke is a hypercorrect application of one of Strunk's little peeves.
  • In cases like terlet, this produces a form which is not only hypercorrect, but also in fact non-existent in the more prestigious form of speech.

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