Consonants /ʃ/ versus /ʒ/, 9 pairs     [confucia.html]

The /ʃ/ sound is spelled with <sh>, <ti> or <ci>. The /ʒ/ sound is spelled with <si>, <su> or <zu>.

This is a contrast between two alveolar fricatives, distinguished only by voicing. Even native speakers may have a problem, but the contrast is so rare that it hardly matters.

The mean density value is very low at 0.2%. The list makes 5 semantic distinctions, a loading of 56%.

Aleutian allusion	
  Aleutians allusions
Confucian confusion	 
  Confucians confusions
mesher measure	
  meshers measures
Asher azure
dilution delusion	  
  dilutions delsuions

John Higgins, Shaftesbury, December 2010.