The /z/ sound is spelled with <z>, <s> or <se>. The /m/ sound is spelled with <m>, <mm>, or <mb> in dumb. Many of the pairs arise from contrasting a word ending in -m with a plural or 3rd-person -s. Notice how the homograph does makes pairs with dome and dumb.
This is a contrast between an alveolar sibilant fricative and a bilabial nasal continuant. It is not a problem.
One mildly taboo word pair is buzz/bum.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 1.1%. The list makes 146 semantic distinctions, a loading of 78%.
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