from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A construction or pronunciation produced by mistaken analogy with standard usage out of a desire to be correct, as in the substitution of I for me in on behalf of my parents and I.
- n. The production of such a construction or pronunciation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The use of a nonstandard form due to a belief that it is more formal or more correct than the corresponding standard form.
- n. A nonstandard form so used.
If the usage was ‘very frequent’ 400 years ago, hypercorrection cannot really be the whole reason for its use nowadays.
But stablishment seems to be a case of hypercorrection that removes an e that really should be there.
Oh, the “who/whom” business is absolutely hypercorrection.
Michelle Dulak Thomson: Oh, the “who/whom” business is absolutely hypercorrection.
Peter Harvey, linguist: Spanish hypercorrection of a loanword
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Reading through a column about hypercorrection by Paul Mulshine, I was struck by one supposed example of hypercorrection, the use of whomever for whoever:
Object-position “X and I” cannot be due solely to hypercorrection, since it is attested as early as the 16th century.
Besides, “for Bob and I” is argued by some linguists to be hypercorrection and possibly not really part of the grammar.
I see what you mean, but I think that would be hypercorrection.
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