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- v. Present participle of hypercorrect.
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This phenomenon is technically referred to as hyperforeignism, an offshoot of hypercorrecting.
Hypercorrection is annoying, and silly rules are annoying, but Mr. Mulshine is hypercorrecting like crazy in this article, and he doesn't really understand the logic behind some of the rules he's bashing.
Apologies to all the great managing editors I have known whose knowledge of grammar and usage extends to the myths and urban legends that plague those earnest people who are trying too hard to get things right — hypercorrecting — and getting things wrong.
I would much rather spend my time crusading against the misuse of "I" for "me" when pretentious dopes are hypercorrecting.