The /h/ sound is spelled with <h> or <wh> in who. The /m/ sound is spelled with <m> or <mm>. Notice how the homograph mows makes pairs with hose and house.
This is a contrast between a voiceless glottal fricative and a voiced nasal continuant. It can only occur initially or medially before a stressed syllable. It is not a problem.
This contrast is heard in the word hugger-mugger, originally meaning concealment but now more often confusion. Other interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 3.2%. The lists make 147 semantic distinctions, a loading of 52%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, December 2010.