The /k/ sound is spelled with <c>, <cc>, <k>, <ch> in ache, and <q> in the letter name Q and the word queue. The /m/ sound is spelled <m> or <mm> throughout.
The contrast is between a voiceless velar stop and a voiced bilabial nasal continuant. It does not cause many listening problems.
The sentence "The cat sat on the mat" epitomises easy reading for young children. Other interesting pairs include:
Taboo word pairs include: cock/mock and coon/moon.
The mean density value is 3.3%. The list makes 270 semantic distinctions, a loading of 48%.
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care mayor cares mayors careen marine careens marines Carl marl Carlow Marlow carpal Marple carriage marriage carriages marriages carry marry carried married carries marries carrying marrying carrion Marian cart mart carts marts carter martyr carters martyrs case mace cases maces cash mash cashed mashed cashes mashes cashing mashing cask mask casks masks cast mast casts masts caste mast castes masts caster master casters masters cat mat cats mats catch match catches matches catching matching cause maws caw maw caws maws caw more cawed Maud Celt melt Celts melts chorale morale chuck chum chucking chumming chucks chums clack clam clacking clamming Co Mo coal mole coals moles coaled mould coking coaming coarse Morse coast most coat moat coated moated coats moats coax mokes cob mob cobs mobs cock mock cocked mocked cocking mocking cocks mocks cocker mocker cockers mockers cocker comma cockers commas cod Mod cods Mods coddle model coddled modelled coddles models coddling modelling code mode codes modes coil moil coiled moiled coiling moiling coils moils coke comb cokes combs col moll cols molls cola molar colas molars cold mould colds moulds colder moulder collie Molly colour mullah colours mullahs colt moult colts moults come mum comes mums comer mummer comers mummers comma mocha comma mocker commas mockers cone moan coned moaned cones moans coning moaning coo moo cooing mooing coos moos cooed mooed cooed mood coon moon coons moons coot moot coots moots cop mop copped mopped copping mopping cops mops cope mope coped moped copes mopes coping moping Copt mopped coral moral corals morals core maw cores maws core more Cork corm corn morn corns morns corn mourn corned mourned corning mourning corns mourns corner mourner corners mourners corning morning cosy mosey cosies moseys count mount counted mounted counts mounts county Mountie counties Mounties course Morse cove mauve coves mauves cow mow cows mows cowing mowing Cowes mows cowrie Maori cowries Maoris crack cram cracking cramming cracks crams cracker crammer crackers crammers creak cream creaking creaming creaks creams creaky creamy creakier creamier creakiest creamiest croak chrome cud mud cuddle muddle cuddled muddled cuddles muddles cuddling muddling cue mew cues mews cuing mewing cued mewed cuff muff cuffed muffed cuffing muffing cuffs muffs cull mull culled mulled culling mulling culls mulls cur myrrh curses mercies curtain Merton cuss muss cusses musses cussing mussing custard mustard cut mutt cuts mutts cute mute cutely mutely cutter mutter cutters mutters deacon daemon deacons daemons defecation defamation dekko demo desiccate decimate desiccated decimated desiccates decimates desiccating decimating dicker dimmer dickers dinners dike dime dikes dimes duck dumb ducky dummy duckies dummies earthwork earthworm earthworks earthworms elk elm elks elms embark embalm embarking embalming embarks embalms fake fame flake flame flaking flaming flakes flames fleck phlegm fluke flume folk foam forecast 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lack lamb lacking lambing lacks lambs lacked lambed lake lame lakes lames lick lim licking limning licks lims lick limb licks limbs like lime liking liming likes limes liked limed lucky lumme mac ma'am make maim making maiming makes maims mike mime mikes mimes muck mum mucky mummy Newark Newham oak ohm oaks ohms optical optimal pack Pam park palm parking palming parks palms parked palmed parka Parma parka palmer parkas palmers parky palmy perk perm perking perming perks perms perked permed pluck plum plucks plums pluck plumb plucking plumbing plucks plumbs plucked plumbed plucky plummy pluckier plummier pluckiest plummiest pock pom prick prim pricker primmer prickly primly Q mew Q's mews quark qualm quarks qualms queue mew queued mewed queueing mewing queues mews rack ram racking ramming racks rams racked rammed recourse remorse reek ream reeks reams Reich rhyme rick rim ricking rimming ricked rimmed ricks rims roc rhomb rock rhomb rocks rhombs ruck rum rucks rums sac Sam safety-catch 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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, May 2010.