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October 23, 2012

Too clever by half

"In linguistics or usage, hypercorrection is a non-standard usage that results from the over-application of a perceived rule of grammar or a usage prescription. A speaker or writer who produces a hypercorrection generally believes that the form is correct through misunderstanding of these rules, often combined with a desire to seem formal or educated."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 23, 2012 11:44 AM