Minimal Pair List Consonants /k/ versus /ʃ/, 230 pairs
The /k/ sound is spelled with <c> or <k> initially, and <ck> or <ke> medially or finally, but note the unusal <qu> in quay . The /ʃ/ sound is normally spelled <sh>, and sometimes <ch> especially in words of French origin such as champagne or cloche .
The contrast is between a velar stop and an alveolar fricative, both voiceless. It causes no problems.
Interesting pairs include:
Taboo word pairs include: cunt/shunt and kit/shit .
The mean density value is 1.7%. The list makes 129 semantic distinctions, a loading of 56%.
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