Minimal Pair List Consonants /d/ versus /m/, 484 pairs
The /d/ sound is spelled with <d>, <dd> or <de>, and the /m/ sound is <m> or <mm>. Notice how the homograph do makes pairs with with mow and moo .
The contrast is between a voiced stop and a nasal continuant, well separated in the mouth. It is not a problem for learners.
The only mildly taboo word pair is bud/bum .
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 2.9%. The list makes 298 semantic distinctions, a loading of 62%.
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