reverse spelling


: an unphonetic and unetymological spelling imitating the same spelling in words where it is etymological but no longer phonetic (as limb from lim, compare lamb, where b is etymological; delight from delit, compare light; Swanage from Swanwich \ˈswänij\ compare savage)

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“Reverse spelling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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