The /æ/ vowel is spelled <a> followed by two consonants or by one consonant in a monosyllable. The normal spelling of the /ɒ/ vowel is <o> but there is one irregular spelling in the list, namely <ou> in cough.
Both vowels are short, but they are well separated in the mouth and are not a problem for any known group of learners.
Taboo words occur in the pairs crap/crop, fag/fog and shat/shot.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density is 4.6%. The pairs make 203 semantic contrasts, giving a loading of 46%.
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Lithuania, Vietnam, Turkey, Guatemala, Poland, Mexico, Yemen, Norway, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. Average 20 visitors per month.
John Higgins, Shaftesbury, October 2012