The /m/ sound is spelled with <m> or <mm>. The /r/ sound is spelled with <r> or <rr>. Notice how the homograph read makes pairs with mead and Med.
This is a contrast between a bilabial nasal continuant and a retroflex continuant, both voiced and only occurring initially or medially. It is not a problem.
Since /r/ does not occur finally, several verb pairs only appear in the -ing form when an /r/ link is introduced, such as charming/charring. Other interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 1.8%. The lists make 186 semantic distinctions, a loading of 58%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, December 2010.