The /z/ sound is spelled with <z>, <zz>, <s> or <se>. The /ʤ/ sound is spelled with <j>, <g> or <ge>. A good many pairs arise from contrasting a word ending in -ge with a plural or 3rd-person inflection, which acounts for the relatively high semantic loading.
This is a contrast between a sibilant and an affricate, both voiced and in the same region of the mouth. Some learners may have problems especially when the /ʤ/ sound is final.
The mean density value is 1.2%. The list makes 85 semantic distinctions, a loading of 81%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, November 2010.