The /m/ sound is spelled with <m>, <mm> or <mb> in numb. The /ʤ/ sound is spelled with <j>, <ge>, <dge> or exceptionally with <g> in gaol.
This is a contrast between a bilabial nasal continuant and an alveolar affricate, both voiced. It is not a problem.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 2.2%. The lists make 113 semantic distinctions, a loading of 59%.
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