Jack Lawrence had a hit song in 1954, "The Poor People of Paris," in which [po vr\ Oa[tild]] pauvres gens was confusible
with pauvre Jean.
I like lede because it's not confusible
with noun LEAD, not even for a moment.
One complicating factor is that this essential idea of sound variance within the phoneme is easily confusible
with dialect variation, which is quite a different thing.