heterography


noun

  1. spelling different from that in current use.
  2. the use of the same letter or combination of letters to represent different sounds, as, in English, the use of s in sit and easy.

noun

  1. the phenomenon of different letters or sequences of letters representing the same sound in different words, as for example -ight and -ite in blight and bite
  2. any writing system in which this phenomenon occurs
n.

“incorrect spelling,” 1783; see hetero- + -graphy. Also “inconsistent but current spellings within a language” (as English, in all ages), 1847.

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