hypercorrect

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from hypercorrection.

Adjective[edit]

hypercorrect (comparative more hypercorrect, superlative most hypercorrect)

  1. (grammar) nonstandard because of a mistaken idea of standard usage

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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 a nonstandard form in the mistaken belief that it is standard usage.
    • 2007 October 28, William Safire, “And Now This”, in New York Times[1]:
      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!

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /i.pɛʁ.kɔ.ʁɛkt/

Adjective[edit]

hypercorrect (feminine singular hypercorrecte, masculine plural hypercorrects, feminine plural hypercorrectes)

  1. hypercorrect

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