The spelling of /t/ is <t> or <tt> and we also see silent letter combinations such as <bt> in debt. The /r/ sound is <r> or <rr> medially.
The homographs tear makes pairs with rare and rear, tarry makes pairs with tatty and tarty and routed with tooted and touted.
The contrast is between a voiceless plosive and a voiced continuant, fairly close together in the mouth. Although the /r/ sound is problematic for many learners, the contrast is not a problem.
one mildly taboo word pair is tits/writs.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 1.4%. The list makes 182 semantic distinctions, a loading of just under 50%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, February 2010.