The /n/ sound is spelled with <n>, <kn> as in knee or <gn> in gnaw. The /ʤ/ sound is spelled with <j>, <g> or <dge>.
This is a contrast between a nasal continuant and an affricate, both in the alveolar region and both voiced. In spite of the proximity it is not a problem.
The only taboo word pair is nigger/jigger.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 1.1%. The lists make 93 semantic distinctions, a loading of 54%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, December 2010.