The spelling of /p/ is always <p> or <pp>. The /ʤ/ sound is normally <g> before <e> or <i>, <j> initially and in the word Hadji, <dg> medially, <dge> finally, and occurs in the letter name G.
The contrast is between a voiceless plosive and a voiced affricate, well separated in the mouth. There is little risk of confusion.There is one taboo word pair in pee/gee.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 2.1%. The list makes 107 semantic distinctions, a loading of 54%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, January 2010.