Mistaken vs Hypercorrect - What's the difference?

mistaken | hypercorrect |


As verbs the difference between mistaken and hypercorrect

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

As adjectives the difference between mistaken and hypercorrect

is that mistaken is erroneous while hypercorrect is (grammar) incorrect because of a mistaken idea of standard usage.

mistaken

English

Verb

(head)
  • I'm frequently mistaken for my brother.

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Erroneous.
  • This is a clear case of mistaken identity.
  • Having an incorrect belief.
  • I think you must be mistaken .
    He admitted he was mistaken about the budget numbers.

    Usage notes

    * The phrase (and variations) is used to indicate that one is uncertain about something one has said. * Nouns to which (term) is often applied: identity, belief, notion, view, assumption, impression, idea, thinking, identification, diagnosis, interpretation, person, opinion, conclusion, judgment, conception, perception, theory, reading, concept.

    Derived terms

    * mistaken identity

    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! }}