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- (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.
- hypercorrection, hyper-correction
- hypercorrective, hyper-corrective
- hypercorrectness, hyper-correctness
incorrect because of mistaken idea of correctness
- (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!