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EtymologyEdit

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.

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eye dialect ‎(countable and uncountable, plural eye dialects)

Examples

women → wimmin
gentlemen → genlmen
listen → lissen

  1. (uncountable) Nonstandard spellings that indicate a standard pronunciation, deliberately used by an author to indicate that the speaker uses a nonstandard or dialectal speech.
  2. (countable) A set of such nonstandard spellings, collectively used to reflect a certain form of speech.
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