American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The use of nonstandard spellings, such as enuff for enough or wuz for was, to indicate that the speaker is uneducated or using colloquial, dialectal, or nonstandard speech.
- n. uncountable The deliberate use of nonstandard spellings to indicate that the speaker uses a nonstandard or dialectal speech, even though the spelling is pronounced the same way as the original word.
- n. this sense?) (uncountable) The written representations of dialect speech in which words are spelled in a manner which indicates a non-standard pronunciation.
- n. countable A set of such nonstandard spellings, collectively used to reflect a certain form of speech.
- n. the use of misspellings to identify a colloquial or uneducated speaker
- From eye + dialect. First used by George P. Krapp in The English Language in America (1925) in reference to written dialogue that uses nonstandard spelling but doesn't indicate an unusual pronunciation. (Wiktionary)
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