Many different spellings of /ɪ/ occur in this list, including <i>, <u> in busy, and <y>. The /u/ vowel is most often spelled <oo>, but we also find <ou> in ghoul, <ew> in bestrewed, <uCe> in brute and brusque, <ui> in suitor and <o> in womb. The homograph gill occurs in two pairs: gill/ghoul and gill/joule.
The sounds are different in length and sufficiently far apart in the mouth to cause no problems to learners.
Interesting pairs include:
Pairs involving taboo words are bib/boob, kin/coon, shit/shoot and tit/toot.
The mean density is 1.1%. The list makes 112 semantic distinctions, giving a loading of 48%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, January 2011