Minimal Pair List Consonants /b/ versus /Ɵ/: 72 pairs
The spelling of /b/ is always either <b> or <bb>. The /Ɵ/ sound is always spelled <th>. I have excluded several pairs retrieved by the computer in which the sounds occurred at different places in the word, such as broth/throb .
The contrast is between a voiced stop and a voiceless fricative, fairly well separated in the mouth. It is unlikely to be a listening problem, although many speakers will have difficulty articulating the /Ɵ/ sound if it does not occur in their own language.
The only pair involving a taboo word is buggery/thuggery .
Interesting pairs include
The mean density value is 1.2%. The list makes 43 semantic distinctions, a loading of 60%.
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