Minimal Pair List Consonants /f/ versus /h/, 228 pairs
The /f/ sound is spelled with <f> or <ph> in phone . The /h/ sound is spelled <h>.
The contrast is between a labio-dental fricative and a glottal fricative, both voiceless. It is not usually a problem even though there is some acoustic similarity.
Taboo word pairs include fart/heart .
The contrast only occurs initially apart from in the compound words overfed/overhead . Other interesting pairs include:
forehead horrid (using a rather archaic pronunciation of forehead )
The mean density value is 3.7%. The list makes 119 semantic distinctions, a loading of 52%.
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