The /ʃ/ sound is spelled with <sh> and <ch> in chaise. The /w/ sound is spelled with <w> or <wh>. Notice how the partial homograph Wear/wear makes pairs with shear and share.
This is a contrast between a voiceless alveolar fricative and a voiced bilabial semivowel. It can only occur initially or medially. It is not a problem.Taboo word pairs include shag/wag, shank/wank and shit/wit.
The mean density value is 1.9%. The lists make 74 semantic distinctions, a loading of 54%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, December 2010.