I'm sure there is much discussion (and lamentation!) on this site about the increasing use of impact as a verb in the place of affect, along with the use of the reflexive pronoun myself when the plain old me would suffice.
It seems fairly apparent that these substitutions are the result of a population familiar enough with common grammatical pitfalls (affect vs. effect, so-and-so and I, not so-and-so and me) but not sure enough of the correct usage.
As a result, I suspect that many of these speakers/writers have become so afraid of making a grammatical mistake with these words that they stay away from them entirely, only to, ironically, end up making the grammatical mistake they were hoping to avoid in the first place.
Is there a name for this phenomenon? Can anyone think of some other good examples?
It seems interesting, to this writer at least, that grammatical mistakes can be born of grammatical knowledge.