The /r/ sound is spelled with <r> or <wr>.
The /r/ sound occurs initially and medially though not finally. It enters consonant clusters fairly freely. In some case changes of stress make the pairs not quite minimal. This is certainly true when one removes a syllabic /r/ as in archery/Archie or sufferer/suffer, and these items have been listed separately at the end. Another special case is the pair overate/overrate. Here we have lost one /r/ but a linking /r/ remains. For many speakers this would be a homophone pair, though in careful speech one might make and perceive a difference.Taboo word pairs include crap/cap and croon/coon.
The density value is 4.4%.
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Syllabic /r/ versus null:
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, December 2010.