Vowel contrast bid versus beard

Vowels 2 and 18, /ɪ/ and /ɪə/   24 pairs     [bidbeard.html]

Vowel /ɪ/ is generally spelled <i>, <y> or <ie>. The /ɪə/ diphthong is <ia>, <ea>, <eer>, <ear> or <ier>.

The original search produced a great many extra pairs in which the /ɪə/ was not a diphthong but was two syllables, such as airy/area or collie/collier. These were discarded since they really belong in the schwa versus null column, being made by adding the schwa to /ɪ/.

The only pairs with taboo words are piss/pierce and quiz/queers.

The mean density is very low at 0.1%. The list makes 19 semantic contrast, giving a high loading of 79%.

bid beard 
  bidding bearding 
  bids beards 
biz beers 
chid cheered 
cirrus serous
fizz fears 
his hears 
is ears
lid leered 
Liz leers
Millie merely
Ms meres
piss pierce 
  pissed pierced 
  pisses pierces 
  pissing piercing 
quid queered 
quiz queers 
rid reared 
rill real 
Sid seared
viz veers 
whiz weirs 
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