The /k/ sound is spelled with <c> or <k> initially, and <ck>, <ch> or <ke> medially or finally. Two exceptional spellings are <qu> in pique and <ch> in Reich, though many English speakers will use a fricative in the latter. The /z/ sound is normally spelled <z> initially and <se> or <zz> medially or finally, but note the exceptional <ts> in Tsar. A great many of the /z/ sounds in this list are plurals or 3rd-person inflections of words ending in vowels.
The contrast is between a voiceless velar stop and a voiced alveolar fricative. It causes no problems.
Interesting pairs include:
Taboo word pairs include: fuck/fuzz and wank/whangs.
The mean density value is 1.3%. The list makes 208 semantic distinctions, a loading of 79%.
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