The spelling of /d/ in this list is <d> or <dd>. The /g/ sound is spelled <g>, <gg> or <gh> in ghost. Notice how the homograph do makes pairs with go and goo, and the homograph lead makes pairs with league and leg.
The contrast is between two voiced plosives, well separated in the mouth. It is not a problem for learners.
The only taboo word pair is shad/shag.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 2.2%. The list makes 144 semantic distinctions, a loading of 54%.
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Credit: John Higgins