From eye + dialect. By analogy with eye rhyme. 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.
women → wimmin
- (uncountable) Nonstandard spellings which, although they indicate a standard pronunciation, are deliberately used by an author to indicate that the speaker's regular use of language is nonstandard or dialectal.
- (more broadly) nonstandard spelling which indicates nonstandard pronunciation.
- (countable) A set of such nonstandard spellings, collectively used to reflect a certain form of speech.
- For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:eye dialect.