The /ʃ/ sound is spelled with <sh>, <su>, <ch> or <ti>. The /m/ sound is spelled with <m>, <mm> or <mb> in lamb.
This is a contrast between a voiceless alveolar fricative and a voiced bilabial nasal continuant. It is not a problem.
Taboo word pairs include shag/mag and shat/mat.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 1.8%. The list makes 126 semantic distinctions, a loading of 58%.
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