The /f/ sound is spelled with <f>, <ff> or <ph> as in phase. The /r/ sound is spelled <r>, <rr> or <wr> in wrist. Notice how the homograph read makes pairs with feed and fed.
The contrast is between a voiceless labio-dental fricative and a voiced alveolar continuant. It is not a problem.
Taboo word pairs include fuck/ruck.
This pair occurs in the now common phrase "fun run". Other interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 1.7%. The list makes 125 semantic distinctions, a loading of 48%.
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