Consonants /Ɵ/ versus /ʤ/, 41 pairs     [thingin.html]

The /Ɵ/ sound is spelled with <th>. The /ʤ/ sound is spelled with <j> or <ge>.

This is a contrast between a voiceless fricative and a voiced affricate, close together in the mouth. It is not a problem.

The mean density value is 1.5%. The list makes 24 semantic distinctions, a loading of 59%.

bath barge 
  bathing barging 
Cath cadge
dearth dirge
earth urge
  earthing urging
  earthed urged
forth forge 
fourth forge
lath large 
mirth merge 
myth midge 
nothing nudging
Perth purge
saith sedge
thane Jane 
thaw jaw 
  thawed jawed 
  thawing jawing 
  thaws jaws 
theology geology 
  theological geological 
  theologically geologically 
therm germ 
  therms germs 
thimbles gimbals 
thin gin
  thins gins
  thinned ginned 
  thinning ginning 
thin jinn 	
  thins jinns
think jink
thinks jinks 
thug jug 
  thugs jugs 
thump jump 
  thumped jumped 
  thumping jumping 
  thumps jumps 
wraith rage 

John Higgins, Shaftesbury, November 2010.