The /�/ sound is spelled with <th>. The /s/ sound is spelled with <s>, <ss> or <ce>. The homograph sow makes pairs with though and thou.
This is a contrast between a voiced dental fricative and a voiceless sibilant, close together in the mouth. It is not a problem.
Thanks to the rarity of the /�/ spund, the mean density value is very low at 0.2%. The list makes 30 semantic distinctions, a loading of 83%.
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Credit: John Higgins