hypercorrect

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

hyper- +‎ correct

Adjective[edit]

hypercorrect (comparative more hypercorrect, superlative most hypercorrect)

  1. (grammar) incorrect because of a mistaken idea of standard usage
    The often exaggerated addition of /h/ before words like "out" in written Cockney is a hypercorrect affectation.

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Verb[edit]

hypercorrect (third-person singular simple present hypercorrects, present participle hypercorrecting, simple past and past participle hypercorrected)

  1. (transitive) To change (a word or phrase) to an incorrect form in the mistaken belief that it is standard usage.
    • 2007 October 28, William Safire, “And Now This”, New York Times:
      I use reduplicate to mean redouble, though both words should mean quadruple, but English is funny that way, so hold off on the hypercorrecting gotcha!