Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
[mass noun] The use of an erroneous word form or pronunciation based on a false analogy with a correct or prestigious form, such as the use of I instead of me as a grammatical object (as in he invited my husband and I to lunch).
- ‘It's interesting that everyone, prescriptivists and anti-prescriptivists alike, seems to think that hypercorrection is wrong, morally as well as logically.’
- ‘Presaging modern spellchecker-generated errors, someone at the Times apparently committed an editorial hypercorrection.’
- ‘It's clearly not hypercorrection, since the move is away from a more standard variant.’
- ‘Haeri argues that this is a result of hypercorrection.’
- ‘Committing such a hypercorrection in an anti-elitist discourse subverts the argument.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.