The spelling of /k/ is <c> or <ck>. The /r/ sound is spelled <r>, <rr> or <wr> in wretch. Quite often a final <r> is silent so that a pair occurs only when the words are inflected or a derivation is made, as with barking/barring and overecall/overall. Notice how the homograph row makes pairs with Co and cow.
This is a contrast between a voiceless stop and a voiced frictionless continuant. It causes no problems.
Taboo word pairs include cock/rock, coon/rune and cunt/runt.
Interesting pairs include:
The figure for the mean density is 1.3%. The set makes 143 semantic contrasts, a loading of 54%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, August 2010.