noun see hypercorrect

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • hypercorrectness — See hypercorrectly. * * * …   Universalium

  • hypercorrectness — noun The state or condition of being hypercorrect …   Wiktionary

  • hypercorrectness — hypercorrectˈness noun • • • Main Entry: ↑hyper …   Useful english dictionary

  • hypercorrect — adjective Date: 1922 of, relating to, or characterized by the production of a nonstandard linguistic form or construction on the basis of a false analogy (as “badly” in “my eyes have gone badly” and “widely” in “open widely”) • hypercorrection… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hypercorrect — hypercorrectly, adv.. hypercorrectness, n. /huy peuhr keuh rekt /, adj. 1. overly correct; excessively fastidious; fussy: hypercorrect manners. 2. of, pertaining to, or characterized by hypercorrection. [1920 25; HYPER + CORRECT] * * * …   Universalium

  • hypercorrection — noun /ˌhaɪ.pə.kəˈɹɛk.ʃən,ˌhaɪ.pɚ.kəˈɹɛk.ʃən/ a) The use of a nonstandard form due to a belief that it is more formal or more correct than the corresponding standard form. b) A nonstandard form so used. See Also: hypercorrect, hyper correct,… …   Wiktionary

  • I — 1. I, the first person pronoun representing the speaker (or writer), is a shortening of earlier forms ic, ich, ik, etc., and has been written as a capital letter at least since the development of printing imposed uniformity in the 15c. 2. Popular …   Modern English usage

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