Minimal Pair List Minimal pairs

The word boars (and its homophone bores ) emerges as the word which enters the greatest number of minimal pairs in the Mitton dictionary, appearing in 67 pairs belonging to 42 different lists. For amusement I have added several proper names which were not in the original list, bringing the total to 70. I realise that including two different spellings and pronunciations of a Russian beetroot soup is stretching a point, but they were both in the dictionary.

Initial consonant Vowel Closing consonant
p pause
paws
pores
pours
i B's
bees
p -
t tawse
tors
ɪ biz t bought
d daws
doors
e - d bawd
board
bored
k cause
caws
corps
cores
æ Baz
(abbr. of Basil)
k balk
g gauze
gores
ɑ baas
bars
g Borg (tennis-player)
f fours ɒ Boz
(Pen-name of Dickens)
f -
v - ʊ - v -
Ɵ thaws u boos
booze
Ɵ -
ð - ʌ buzz ð -
s saws
soars
sores
3 burrs s -
z - ə - b -
ʃ shores baize
bays
beys
ʃ borsch
ʒ - buys
byes
ʒ -
h haws
whores
ɔɪ boys
buoys
h -
m maws əʊ bows
beaux
m -
n gnaws boughs
bows
n born
borne
bourne
ŋ - ɪə beers
biers
ŋ -
l laws bares
bears
l ball
r roars ʊə boors r -
j yaws j -
w wars w -
ʧ chaws
chores
ʧ bortsch
ʤ jaws ʤ -