eye-dialect

eye dialect

noun
the literary use of misspellings that are intended to convey a speaker's lack of education or use of humorously dialectal pronunciations but that are actually no more than respellings of standard pronunciations, as wimmin for “women,” wuz for “was,” and peepul for “people.”


Origin:
1920–25


Eye Dialect is used as a label for such misspellings in this dictionary.
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eye dialect

noun
the use of misspellings to identify a colloquial or uneducated speaker 
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