The /ɪ/ vowel is spelled with <i> or <y>. The vowel /ɒ/ is spelled with <o> except after <qu> and <w> as in the words quad, quaff, twaddle, and wash.
The sounds are sufficiently far apart as to give no problems to learners, and there are no dangerous rude-word confusions.
The contrast is heard in the adjective wishy-washy meaning unimpressive. Other interesting pairs include:
The mean density is 1.9%. The list makes 222 semantic contrasts, a loading of 51%.
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copper kippers coppers kips copse kiss cos kissed cost kit cot kits cots kitten cotton kittens cottons knickers knockers knit knot knits knots knitted knotted knitting knotting knit not lib lob lick loch licks lochs lick lock licked locked licking locking licks locks lids Lodz lift loft lifted lofted lifting lofting lifts lofts lily lolly lilies lollies ling long lings longs linger longer lip lop lipped lopped lipping lopping lips lops liquor locker liquors lockers list lost lit lot Mick mock mid mod midden modern middens moderns middle model middles models mill moll mills molls Millie Molly mingle Mongol mingles Mongols minnow mono minster monster minsters monsters misc mosque miss moss misses mosses missy mossy mix mocks myth moth myths moths nib knob nibs knobs nib nob nibs nobs nibble nobble nibbled nobbled nibbles nobbles nibbling nobbling niche notch niches notches nick knock nicked knocked nicking knocking nicks knocks nit knot nits knots nit not nix knocks pick pock picked 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twiddles twaddles twiddling twaddling typical topical typically topically wherein whereon which watch whin wan whip whop whipped whopped whipping whopping whips whops whit watt whits watts whit what whits what's whittle wattle whittles wattles whittle what'll whiz was Willie Wally willow wallow willows wallows win wan wind wand winds wands winner wanna winner wanner Winnie whinny wish wash wished washed wishes washes wishing washing wisp wasp wisps wasps wit watt wits watts wit what wits what's witch watch witches watches witching watching wrick roc wricks rocs wrick rock wricked rocked wricking rocking wricks rocks wring wrong wrings wrongs writ rot writs rots written rotten yearling yearlongGeographical: Outside English-speaking countries, most visitors are from Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Jordan, France, Venezuela, Vietnam, South Korea, Yemen, Norway, India, Nigeria and Spain. Average 11 visitors per month.
John Higgins, Shaftesbury, January 2011.