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I am familiar with homographs and homophones (and homonyms), but there is a different type of "word play" or "spelling play" I've seen come up as of recently that I'm trying to find out if there is a name for. Or if one for it simply just doesn't exist.

There's a few examples I could list, but the best one I could think of is "kaiyote". This is obviously a play on the real word, "coyote". However, it's not considered a homograph or homophone because the word "kaiyote" in itself doesn't have any meaning — it's just a word spelled to make it sound like the actual real word "coyote".

Could anyone tell me if there is any term for this type of practice?

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it's just a word spelled to make it sound like the actual real word coyote

You're probably looking for sensational spelling:

Sensational spelling is the deliberate spelling of a word in an incorrect or non-standard way for special effect.

Wikipedia goes on to give several examples, some of which are brand names (Froot Loops), but it also mentions a number of band names including:

  • The Beatles
  • the Byrds
  • Led Zeppelin

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