The spelling of /d/ in this list is <d> or <dd>. The /f/ sound is spelled <f>, <ff>, <ph> or <gh> in cough. Notice how the homograph does makes pairs with foes and fuzz and the homograph read makes pairs with reef and ref.
The contrast is between a voiced plosive and a voiceless fricative, well separated in the mouth. It is not a problem for learners.
Taboo word pairs include dart/fart and duck/fuck.
The phrase "dual fuel" has become familiar through cookers and domestic heating systems that can use electricity or gas. One pair of arguable status is handle/handful, where the /d/ in handful is elided between the other consonants. Other interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 2.9%. The list makes 233 semantic distinctions, a loading of 58%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, February 2010.