ss as in less

Usually after “short” vowels

ass

bass

Bess

boss

Cass

cuss

diss

doss

fuss

goss

hiss

Jess

joss

kiss

lass

less

loss

mass

mess

miss

moss

muss

Ness

poss

Tess

toss

Yass

 

But s as in bus

(Column 3)

bless

bliss

chess

crass

cress

cross

dress

dross

floss

gloss

press

stress

brass

bypass

class

glass

grass

pass

surpass

abbess

access

across

actress

address

amass

amiss

assent

assert

assess

asset

assist

assort

assume

basset

blossom

bossy

brassy

bypass

carcass (US)

caress

cissy

class

classy

confess

cosset

darkness

dressy

duress

egress

emboss

endless

essay

excess

express

fitness

fortress

fossil

fussy

glossy

goodness

gossip

harness

illness

impress

madness

mattress

possess

possum

princess

process

profess

progress

recess

regress

repress

ruthless

sadness

sickness

success

suppress

unless

weakness

wireless

witness

 

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