|Definition - Printing that uses a "reformed" spelling that is intermediate between traditional and purely phonetic spelling.|
Example - The great event hwich formz a deseisiv epok in the histori ov speling, iz the introdukshon ov printing.
(from A plea for spelling reform by Isaac Pitman, 1878)
Oxford English Dictionary - The term's first citation is from 1876:
"A style of spelling will now be introduced which has received the name of *Semiphonotypy."
(Max Müller Sel. Ess. (1881) I. 259)