overcorrection love

Definitions

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  • n. The correction of something to an excessive degree.

Etymologies

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over- +‎ correction

Examples

  • It was just like all the others: the blind-side approach, the perfect angle, the perfect hit just beyond the left rear quarter panel, the satisfaction of the thump as metal hit metal at speed, possibly a flash of horror as the doomed driver looked back, even as, predictably, he overcorrected as he felt control vanish and the side of the road beckon, not realizing that the overcorrection was the killer.

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set

  • Personally, I think this is an overcorrection because “Jim and me” no longer sounds correct, a side-effect of correcting “me” used as subject.

    You and myself « Motivated Grammar

  • Even before Iraq, however, the agency's intelligence lapses in the 1990s led to a "culture of failure ... a fatal cycle of error, criticism, overcorrection, distraction and politicization that undermined the quality and quantity of information provided to decision-makers who compounded these failing with major misjudgments of their own," according to John Diamond, a former congressional staffer and author of "The CIA and the Culture of Failure."

    CIA's Mideast Surprise Recalls History Of Intelligence Failures

  • At best, you might be able to argue that they sort of orbit around each other in multi-decadal cycles of correction and overcorrection — but that leaves plenty of room for people to point out how they might be badly out of whack at any given point in time. jefft452 Says:

    Matthew Yglesias » The Wage Stagnation Debate

  • The DOWs down 2.5% (almost 300 pts) as we speak, though it's coming back a bit (I said a half-hour ago this was an overcorrection -- shoulda put in a call option!)

    Jared Bernstein: What the Heck Is Going on With the Stock Market?

  • But such overcorrection was not faithful adherence to race-neutral constitutionality.

    Thurgood Marshall Wasn't Much of a Conservative

  • To some extent it is all probably explained as a reflexive swing back from another kind of unreality, an overcorrection for the fact that we do tend to dehumanize and demonize our antagonists, reconstructing them in our minds as outsize reptilian monsters, so that mere evidence that they are not produces in the first instance a kind of slobbery gratitude.

    No Hard Feelings?

  • Some might even veer into overcorrection, and that's fine too, as it's failure in the right direction.

    stop draggin' my, stop draggin' my

  • It would be an overcorrection but I am afraid they would believe that the Right really left them this time-even though it has happened before.

    TNR talks to David Duke about Obama.

  • People with generally healthy vision can go through the procedure and risk overcorrection, actually making their vision worse.

    CNN Transcript Jan 12, 2008

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