Incorrect vs Hypercorrect - What's the difference?

incorrect | hypercorrect |


As adjectives the difference between incorrect and hypercorrect

is that incorrect is not correct; erroneous or wrong while hypercorrect is (grammar) incorrect because of a mistaken idea of standard usage.

As a verb hypercorrect is

to change (a word or phrase) to an incorrect form in the mistaken belief that it is standard usage.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

incorrect

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Not correct; erroneous or wrong.
  • * He gave an incorrect answer to a simple question
  • Faulty or defective.
  • * The PC crashed due to incorrect programming
  • Inappropriate or improper.
  • * He was sacked because of his incorrect behaviour towards his secretary
  • Antonyms

    * correct * right * proper

    Derived terms

    * incorrectly * incorrectness

    hypercorrect

    English

    (hypercorrection)

    Alternative forms

    * hyper-correct

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (grammar) incorrect because of a mistaken idea of standard usage
  • The often exaggerated addition of /h/ before words like "out" in written Cockney is a hypercorrect affectation.

    Derived terms

    * hypercorrection, hyper-correction * hypercorrective, hyper-corrective * hypercorrectness, hyper-correctness

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To change (a word or phrase) to an incorrect form in the mistaken belief that it is standard usage.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2007, date=October 28, author=William Safire, title=And Now This, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=I use reduplicate to mean redouble, though both words should mean quadruple, but English is funny that way, so hold off on the hypercorrecting gotcha! }}