The erroneous use of a word form or pronunciation based on a false analogy with a correct or prestigious form, such as between you and I for the standard between you and me.
- ‘Haeri argues that this is a result of hypercorrection.’
- ‘Presaging modern spellchecker-generated errors, someone at the Times apparently committed an editorial hypercorrection.’
- ‘Committing such a hypercorrection in an anti-elitist discourse subverts the argument.’
- ‘It's interesting that everyone, prescriptivists and anti-prescriptivists alike, seems to think that hypercorrection is wrong, morally as well as logically.’
- ‘It's clearly not hypercorrection, since the move is away from a more standard variant.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.