Definition of hypercorrection in English:


Pronunciation /ˌhīpərkəˈrekSHən/ /ˌhaɪpərkəˈrɛkʃən/

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  • The erroneous use of a word form or pronunciation based on a false analogy with a correct or prestigious form, such as between you and I for the standard between you and me.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Presaging modern spellchecker-generated errors, someone at the Times apparently committed an editorial hypercorrection.’
    • ‘Committing such a hypercorrection in an anti-elitist discourse subverts the argument.’