The /k/ sound is spelled with <c> or <k> initially, and usually <ck> or <ke> medially or finally though we also see <c> in tic and <cc> in accord. A special case is <ch> in the RP-modified pronunciation of the loan word Reich. (Many RP speakers will use a fricative in this word.) The /f/ sound is usually spelled with <f>, <ff> or <ph>, and <gh> in cough and tough.
The contrast is between a velar stop and a labio-dental fricative, both voiceless. It causes no problems.
Taboo word pairs include cart/fart.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 3.7%. The list makes 257 semantic distinctions, a loading of 48%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, April 2010.