The /d/ sound is spelled with <d>, <de>, <dd> or <dh> in dhow. The /ʧ/ sound is usually with <ch> or <tch>, and we also see <tsch>in loan words such as bortsch. Notice how the homograph read and the partial homograph Reading/reading makes pairs with wretch and retching and with reach and reaching.
The contrast is between a voiced stop and a voiceless affricate, close together in the mouth. It is not a problem for learners.
The only taboo word pairs is peed/peach.
The expression "dumb chum" is often used to describe a dog. Other interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 2%. The list makes 148 semantic distinctions, a loading of 67%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, March 2010.