The spelling of /t/ is usually <t> or <tt>, but we also often see <ght>, <th> in Thai. The /g/ sound is usually <g>, <gg>, <gu> before <i> or <gue>. The two different pronunciations of tilde make pairs with guild and guilder. I have included plural pairs sich as bats/bags, even though they are not strictly minimal, on the grounds discussed under "Problems" in the main article.
The contrast is between two plosives, one voiceless and one voiced and well separated in the mouth. It is not a problem for learners.
Pairs involving taboo words are butter/bugger, knitter/nigger, shat/shag and turd/ gird.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 2.2%. The list makes 197 semantic distinctions, a loading of 49%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, January 2010.