Minimal Pair List Consonants /ð/ versus /ʃ/, 13 pairs
The /ð/ sound is spelled with <th>. The /ʃ/ sound is spelled with <sh>.
This is a contrast between a voiced dental fricative and a voiceless sibilant, fairly close together in the mouth. The separate sounds may be a problem for learners, but the contrast is so infrequent that it hardly matters.One taboo word pairing is that/shat .
Thanks to the rarity of the /ð/ sound, the mean density value is very low at 0.4%. The list makes 11 semantic distinctions, a loading of 85%.
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