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hypercorrection (plural hypercorrections)
- (linguistics) The use of a nonstandard form due to a belief that it is more formal or more correct than the corresponding standard form.
- (linguistics) A nonstandard form so used.
- Since it is often a matter of some debate whether a given form is standard or correct, the use of the term hypercorrection is typically subjective.
use of a nonstandard form
hypercorrection f (plural hypercorrections)