Vowels 6 and 15, /ɒ/ versus /ɔɪ/    24 pairs      [johnjoin.html]

The /ɒ/ vowel is spelled <o>. The /ɔɪ/ diphthong is spelled <oi> or <oy>.

This contrast is between a short vowel and a diphthong. The starting position of the tongue in the mouth is fairly close, but it is not a problem for any learners.

One interesting pair is collie coyly.

The density value is 3.06%. The pairs make 16 semantic contrasts, giving a loading of 66.7%.

clod cloyed
col coil 
collie coyly
cols coils 
con coign 
  cons coigns 
con coin
  conned coined 
  conning coining 
  cons coins
cot quoit
  cots quoits
cough coif 
  coughs coifs 
dolly doily
  dollies doilies 
John join
joss Joyce 
Lodz Lloyd's 
moll moil 
  molls moils 
Ollie oily
Sol soil
vol voile 

John Higgins, Shaftesbury, November 2009
updated Chiang Mai, 2024