2020-10-26: Linguistic Puzzle                                rak

People often tell me that French is hard to read because of its
silent letters, and because letters combine to form various
distinct sounds.

This reminds me of a fun fact about the English language: the
combination "ough" makes at least seven distinct sounds:

   Word          Rhymes with
1. bough         how
2. bought        rot 
3. dough         doe
4. hiccough      cup
5. hough         rock
6. through       who
7. tough         buff

I would like to pose the following linguistic puzzle:

    Which combination of two or more letters has the most
    distinct pronunciations in the English language?

My current leader is: "ough" with seven. Please send me an email
if you know of a better answer!