The /s/ sound is spelled with <s>, <ss>, <ce> or <sw> in sword. The /r/ sound is spelled with <r>, <rr> or <wr> in write. Notice the pair sow/row and its plurals appear twice since both are homographs.
This is a contrast between a voiceless sibilant fricative and a voiced retroflex continuant. It causes no problems.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 1.7%. The list makes 204 semantic distinctions, a loading of 49%.
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