The spelling of /g/ is <g> or <gg>, but we also see <gh> in ghee and <gu> in rogue . The /z/ sound is spelled <z>, <zz>, <se> or <s> as a 3rd-person inflection.
This is a contrast between a stop and a fricative, both voiced but well separated in the mouth. It does not cause any problems.
The only taboo word pairs are bugger buzzer and buggered/buzzard.
Interesting pairs include:
The figure for the mean density is 0.5%. The set makes 38 semantic contrasts, a loading of 68%.
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