What kind of spelling error is using “are” in the place of “our”?

It’s using the homophone but is there a name for that kind of spelling error in Child Writing Acquisition? The whole phrase is:

After that we Played with are inten
do will”.

Of course there are several other errors in this!

(This is in relation to my English Language course)


I’d call it a malapropism, the use of an incorrect word in place of a word with a similar sound resulting in a nonsensical utterance. In a strict sense, a malapropism occurs in spoken language. Also, we tend to think of them as humorous as in these written and spoken examples provided by Melissa Bowersock. Still, it’s the aptest term of which I know for substituting ‘are’ and ‘our’ since it’s a nonsensical usage that arises from a similarity of sound.

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