Linguistics - minimal pair

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Xollob | 16:57 Wed 12th Oct 2005 | Phrases & Sayings
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Apart from "thy" (voiced) and "thigh" (unvoiced), can anyone think of another minimal pair with these two consonants?


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There's LOATH/LOTH (as in loth to do something) and LOATHE.
...and TEETH and TEETHE of course. I think they're all going to take this pattern!

town of Bath and bath a child

most people would say baythe but I clearly remember barth as a verb

...but bath and Bath are pronounced the same - not a minimal pair.

I know bath can have a unsounded th, but if you take the sounded th as /dh/

There is a use of bath sounded as /badh/ or even bardh

ar as an old pre gt vowel shift long a as in father.

and has a causative use same idea as cloth is to clothe


do you allow lisping ? then you've got thine and sign.

Along the lines of Jno's 'thistle/this'll', how about these?
a. "My mum asked me to go to the hospital with 'er."
b. "After the dry spell, the plants had started to wither."

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Many thanks for all the answers. I particularly like jno's thistle and this'll.
QM, this could be a regional thing, but where I grew up (N. E. Lancs), with 'er and wither are both voiced.
Yes, X, TOED does list your way of pronouncing the 'th' of 'with' to match the 'th' of 'wither', saying it is (quote) "chiefly northern".
When we are asked about rhymes etc here on AB, I always take the view that in the absence of a specific request to the contrary an answer in 'standard' English - for want of a better term - is what is being asked for. That is not intended in any way to decry how speakers of other regional lingoes say things! "Long live Brummie!" I say. Cheers
Sorry to hijack, but wanted to share with Peter Pedant, my name is Peta and I recently had an argument with my mother as to the correct pronunciation of 'pedant'. Needless to say, in the spirit of your name, I won!

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