The spelling of /t/ is <t>, <tt>, <te>, or <th> in Thai. The /m/ sound is <m> or <mm> or <mb> in comb. Inflected forms with -s have been included even where not strictly minimal. See the discussion under "Problems" on the main page. Notice how the homograph tear makes pairs with mare and mere.
The contrast is between a voiceless plosive and a voiced nasal continuant, well separated in the mouth. It is not a problem for learners.
Taboo word pairs are but/bum, fart/farm, shitter/shimmer and shat/sham.
The pair tarry/marry is picked up in Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe in the Act I duet "If we're weak enough to tarry ere we marry, you and I", which also forms the main melody in the overture. Other interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 2.6%. The list makes 286 semantic distinctions, a loading of 51%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, February 2010.