hypercorrection[hī′pər kə rek′s̸hən]
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a nonstandard usage resulting from an overly conscious effort to avoid an error, as in the case of personal pronouns (Ex.: “between you and I”)
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- A construction or pronunciation produced by mistaken analogy with standard usage out of a desire to be correct, as in the substitution of I for me in on behalf of my parents and I.
- The production of such a construction or pronunciation.