Foreign vs Hyperforeignism - What's the difference?

foreign | hyperforeignism |

As nouns the difference between foreign and hyperforeignism

is that foreign is (informal) foreigner while hyperforeignism is (linguistics|uncountable) the misapplication of foreign pronunciation or usage.

As an adjective foreign

is located outside a country or place, especially one's own.




(en adjective)
  • Located outside a country or place, especially one's own.
  • foreign''' markets''; '''''foreign soil
  • Originating from, characteristic of, belonging to, or being a citizen of a country or place other than the one under discussion.
  • foreign''' car''; '''''foreign''' word''; '''''foreign''' citizen''; '''''foreign trade
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title= , chapter=2 citation , passage=The cane was undoubtedly of foreign make, for it had a solid silver ferrule at one end, which was not English hall–marked.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-24, volume=408, issue=8850, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Guardian warriors and golden eggs , passage=Foreign' companies love to complain about doing business in China.
  • Relating to a different nation.
  • foreign''' policy''; '''''foreign navies
  • Not characteristic of or naturally taken in by an organism or system.
  • foreign''' body''; '''''foreign''' substance''; '''''foreign''' gene''; '''''foreign species
  • Alien; strange.
  • It was completely foreign to their way of thinking.
  • * (and other bibliographic particulars) (Jonathan Swift)
  • This design is not foreign from some people's thoughts.
  • (label) Held at a distance; excluded; exiled.
  • * (and other bibliographic particulars) (Shakespeare)
  • Kept him a foreign man still; which so grieved him, / That he ran mad and died.
  • From a different one of the states of the United States, as of a state of residence or incorporation.
  • Belonging to a different organization, company etc.
  • Synonyms

    * (from a different country) overseas, international * (strange) alien, fremd * (in a place where it does not belong) extraneous


    * (from a different country) domestic * (not characteristic) native * (native to an area) indigenous

    Derived terms

    {{der3, foreign body , foreign correspondent , foreign country , , foreign debt , foreign exchange , foreignize , foreignization , foreign key , foreignness , foreigner , foreign tongue , foreign policy , Foreign Office}}


    (en noun)
  • (informal) foreigner
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=August 30 , author= , title=White House Extremely Worried About People Saying Dumb Stuff on 9/11 , work=Gawker citation , page= , passage=The messaging instructions come in two sets: one for domestics, another for the foreigns . }}





  • (linguistics, uncountable) The misapplication of foreign pronunciation or usage.
  • (linguistics, countable) An instance or example of hyperforeignism.
  • * 1982 , John C. Wells, Accents of English 1: An Introduction , p 108:
  • Educated people are thus aware that words in or from foreign languages are subject to somewhat different reading rules from those applying to English. But they are often vague about them, and about the different rules applicable to different foreign languages. Many resulting pronunciations are absurd in that they reflect neither the reading rules of English nor those of the language from which the word in question comes. For example, there is an awareness based on French that /d?/ is an English-type consonant, for which /?/ is the ‘foreign’ equivalent. But when this leads to raj, Taj Mahal, mah-jongg,'' or ''adagio with /?/ instead of /d?/ (although the languages of origin have affricates in these words), we have what might well be called a hyperforeignism . [boldfaced in source]


    * spelling pronunciation

    See also

    * foreignizing * hyperforeign, hyper-foreign * hyperforeignization, hyper-foreignization * hyperdialectalism