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Dark Matter of the English Language—the unwords

Words are easy, like the wind;
Faithful friends are hard to find.
—William Shakespeare

unfeelings

Somedays it's hard to know what you feel.

Maybe it's because you don't have a word for it yet.

Did that flight leave you quacy because of the kadful food? Next time, you should be more infulic and insist on an upgrade.

I like my friends both kessive and wanric, which I find to provide a nice balance. I don't generally like those who are sadry or tamty.

If this makes you weable, keep it to yourself.

Below are the alphabetically first 5–12 letter single-word unanimals for each letter. In some cases, no names of a given length were generated for a given letter.

—5—
aabye
aacec
baagd
bacac
caane
caary
daagy
daany
eabed
eable
faary
faaty
gaaly
gaany
haady
haced
iaded
iaden
jahed
jamid
kebed
kecig
laasy
labed
machy
maded
naavy
nabul
oated
obeed
pabed
pabey
qaaly
qafed
rabus
racin
saady
saany
taamy
tably
uadec
uaned
vaaty
vable
waady
waany
xated
xeany
yaced
yagre
zalil
zfust
—6—
aacang
aadare
bacint
badeny
caanoy
caaove
dabred
dacric
eaapte
eacomt
faaded
faalul
gaajly
gaaole
hacied
hadful
iadeve
iafhed
jadent
jadicy
kadful
kagful
laafil
laared
maaded
macfil
nabfle
nabime
oabenn
oadant
paaced
pacful
qacant
qacent
raadry
raatyd
saaded
saated
taaikl
tadeny
uacape
uadess
vaadyd
vaased
waapmy
wacful
xashed
xefric
yaefus
yaptec
zadful
zorted
—7—
aacinat
aaciwed
baadive
baatain
caalave
caamful
dabrned
dacefun
eaagate
eabnsed
faarirt
faathul
gacaved
gacgest
habived
haceful
iagerad
iamimed
jaative
jaceaul
kaiding
karefol
laatful
laching
maacful
maasful
naanhed
nabefus
oaadein
oablagy
paative
pabrecy
qaading
qabilgy
raading
raaehgy
saaempe
saaflen
taateng
tabsang
uabrant
uafcans
vaakive
vaasted
waadful
waaekly
xeiricy
xerting
yanaced
yannant
ziclatl
zipfred
—8—
aablined
aacfiled
bacigled
badessed
caabefol
caadepus
daatated
daceased
eaabided
eabllive
faaciwty
faanhyen
gaatited
gadeding
habateng
hacantic
iabliged
iabumled
jabonted
jacerous
karkefus
katiomat
labpinty
lacioest
maaniked
mabrathy
naaqated
nabheful
oablieed
oacemhed
paatefel
pachapte
qaaloved
qaeigued
rabenooy
rablnred
saafiled
saagluse
tacdeful
tacerate
uabhliac
uadenabe
vaadeful
vaatious
waathful
waberous
xeadliun
xeenated
yagdaned
yaolapte
zafrebus
zleefled
—9—
aacressed
aadeiaged
baaderaus
babefaled
caacitave
caafaligy
dacfirive
daenimast
eaadimate
eablagied
faadented
faarulhed
gacsitive
gagpalled
habuinate
hacenglic
iabuttant
iadelaced
jaadevieg
jacrucsid
kacergiag
kelrerous
laasivain
lachdysmy
mabuilive
macelomed
nabfiated
nabiovain
oablasted
oablatled
paacratky
paaikline
qaterated
qeatioped
rabomated
racastaon
sacedable
sacgented
taayhlive
tabelious
uabussing
uadenated
vaalenabe
vaashious
waadoemat
wabenated
xilretate
xiserompe
yamrictun
yamurhing
zlevenist
zonansicy
—10—
aachinated
aacrlacted
babralkant
baerkanped
caabiohant
caapenious
dacmulting
dagrutased
eacadageed
eadgitated
faagyerave
facimfelit
gaeomasine
gamheluted
hacopaglic
hadgensted
iaberanted
iacapoaged
jafapified
jamhelable
kameracive
karionaled
lachulated
lacisingfe
machklaved
madncgreen
nachinamed
nackeluted
oablaghang
oadamative
padhinated
padhuivien
qafeleased
qauolivive
raanttuled
rachimhive
sabplegted
sacitusiol
tacfuleked
tacpuented
uacricited
uafeitomed
vacticaled
vactinated
wacherlaty
wacinpefol
xantosored
xeangerted
yanilisive
yellahaged
zhiwufolad
zomiunable
—11—
aadiricated
aadofaagave
baminathais
banaterible
caamilavive
cabmiusated
damimatited
danklusicom
eadhiecated
eapriuhated
faatigomate
facantefuon
gaanhwelady
gadateroped
hacapigefel
hacngomrens
iadegeasiel
iafolorable
jargionafil
jerhuvessed
katterative
keranhiving
labwefusant
lacingresen
mabmantkrey
maciraleful
nabtowinned
nactupivied
oabemptaced
oanhissenac
padiwabtent
paexhufiond
qeeferenged
qeesetaeste
raadivisged
racfistaled
saasterheve
sabesatired
taesaglenhe
tamgurtined
uafurentful
uaoraverene
vacerslaons
vacimartatt
waadrwfaced
wacgertions
xingfolsent
yansictivac
yericishing
zosperusted
—12—
aafewserable
abdepeastiad
banokrariled
basigousated
caaperousais
caarimiasate
damismainabl
daninpicided
eaisderiured
eampaptitive
faadolenated
faadyrerosed
garmristeful
geajrefobled
hacnimisated
hadcomtanful
ianasioraled
ianhistecite
jadhitiraled
joicawiveful
kanclinneful
kintimageful
laemkovapole
lalerblessed
madenstetint
maichapfiled
naberitenhed
nactimivital
oafiwhililed
obeigonhawed
paerhomerate
paevimionape
qaoishaustus
qrecsipinted
racigatergec
ragrionative
saanhionable
sacgrocelous
taapmincoary
taforetisteg
ubforsiolate
ubnaterative
vaborlarxfol
vacupatenous
wacforstrove
wamtechevons
xursiwolated
yanthrlevous
yastituflesd

Here are all some lists with common suffixes

*acy abmacy baplacy clacy eghacy feacy geacy henacy iceacy jhacy leacy meacy ncacy ornacy peacy quacy reacy somacy taracy unpncacy veacy weacy

*aed abmenaed baribraed calyifaed deidonaed eeraed filicaed gearaed henisifaed icifaed jrabyaed lafaed meciupaed nasibaed odaed pevibaed ralaed sadyraed tarlifaed uduraed valaed warpuifaed yisivaed

*ant aadedenant babralkant caabiohant dalhant eaxant facagrant galhant hamtlihant iabuttant jepulant kesretant lanant macnant nactant oabtant pairant qacant ranntant sabsant tanjerant uabrant vagkant wasgimant yannant zontoghant

*anted aagranted cadanted deanted eadhanted fatanted hintanted iaberanted leanted manted nanted ocranted partanted recinanted samtanted tachanted unhanted vanted wisanted yononanted

*any abany brany ceany daany ecmeraany foany gaany heany iodany krany lorany memany nmany orcany puabrany reany saany tiany umamany veany waany xeany yrany

*ate aadiwenate bodenate cabriocate damtate eaadimate faesiosate ganaonate habuinate iasate kocaterate latlerate mapicuate naiclenate oagrenate paciciate qrate rarhenate sabnate tacerate uaoonate vasferate wacteruate xelate yinanate

*ated aachinated baiated caated daatated eaderated facated gaeated haoiated iacmatated jeated keinerated lachulated maminated naaqated oalforated padhinated qated rabomated saated taidated uadenated vactinated wabenated xated yedeated

*ble aasable banible caceable damerable eable fagilable garable hafelible ibepapible jamhelable kiballible lable malable naenable oarhawable pable qafable raconable sablable tacsble uatharible vablable wacerable zomiunable

*ed aablined babefaled caagimed daatated eaabided faaded gaared habived iaberanted jabonted karionaled laared maaded naanhed oablasted paaced qaaloved raanttuled saaded tacfuleked uacricited vaased waanked xantosored yaced zimed

*ful aanful badeful caamful dadhful eacreful faapsful gacful haceful iatful jadeful kadful laatful maacful nabheful oanelful pacful qaitful raasful sabmeful tacdeful uasanful vaadeful waadful yenteful zadful

*gy abeegy bengy caafaligy daagy eubagy fantrbangy gengy halkagy inalgy jangy larpurgy mancracgy ncangy oablagy pagigy qabilgy raaehgy sadhargy tarpiwekgy ulergy vactongy wacikgy

*hed abmonhed bailhed caihed damurhed eafliched faarulhed galhed halowhed iafhed jahed kroufhed lemashed macithed naanhed oacemhed pached qeihed ralerhed sached tamhed ubmarhed vacihed wanished xashed yisathed

*ic aanomic bestic cabpulic dacric eafmic faatic galfic hacantic iavicatic jeoloouaic kapfic lacic maastic nameic oamaspic panatic qlatic ragburic saavicic talic uamericic vakic wacic xefric yassic

*ied aasivied banipatied cabrafied daomipied eablagied feafied gapatgied hacied iasirfied jafapified kolpiried lelrified mandumried napied obentified pagied qoied radied sabied taied udracied veatofied walied yasrified

*ive aastessive baadive caavive dacfirive eabllive fafresvive gacsitive hacfive iasive jaative kameracive lactive mabuilive nadvosive oadamative paative qasative racensive saanive taayhlive uafunitive vaakive wadotive xipilivive yanilisive zonixive

*lic acfulic borilic cabpulic deseelic enblic ferlic gearlic hacenglic infulic jilolic lecablic macablic nelalic ocpalrlic pealic qllic rastilic sanmacelic talic ulnataclic valic wartipilic

*ous abfsious banious caapenious dahilious ecdiadaous facious ganerous hacious iarepsious jacerous kelrerous laiwhacous madious nacelous oaperous pactious qarerous ralous saarous tabelious uagensious vaashious waberous xoodous yasious zowerlrous

*ric abmaric camric dacric ecjaaric faeric gesteric hararic icoeric juric leric mameric necric oncaric paric qoric ragburic sadeuric talric unisteric varic wanric xefric

*ry afpomery bikykury caary danery eipiry faary gaary hacry icary jeary kovary lantry magery naiwory obsery paegry qaulary raadry sadry tacuory uanabry vacalry waary xeary yincalry

*ty ablanty bamty cagnty dastimty eadnty faaciwty gakaty harty ilnpatty jerenty kagity labpinty maghenty nanty oblenty paduevaty qearty racternty sacty tamtonty uanaty vaaty wacherlaty xinty yolety zonturty

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Cancer Cell cover

Sat 23-04-2022

My cover design on the 11 April 2022 Cancer Cell issue depicts depicts cellular heterogeneity as a kaleidoscope generated from immunofluorescence staining of the glial and neuronal markers MBP and NeuN (respectively) in a GBM patient-derived explant.

LeBlanc VG et al. Single-cell landscapes of primary glioblastomas and matched explants and cell lines show variable retention of inter- and intratumor heterogeneity (2022) Cancer Cell 40:379–392.E9.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
My Cancer Cell kaleidoscope cover (volume 40, issue 4, 11 April 2022). (more)

Browse my gallery of cover designs.

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A catalogue of my journal and magazine cover designs. (more)

Nature Biotechnology cover

Sat 23-04-2022

My cover design on the 4 April 2022 Nature Biotechnology issue is an impression of a phylogenetic tree of over 200 million sequences.

Konno N et al. Deep distributed computing to reconstruct extremely large lineage trees (2022) Nature Biotechnology 40:566–575.

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My Nature Biotechnology phylogenetic tree cover (volume 40, issue 4, 4 April 2022). (more)

Browse my gallery of cover designs.

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A catalogue of my journal and magazine cover designs. (more)

Nature cover — Gene Genie

Sat 23-04-2022

My cover design on the 17 March 2022 Nature issue depicts the evolutionary properties of sequences at the extremes of the evolvability spectrum.

Vaishnav ED et al. The evolution, evolvability and engineering of gene regulatory DNA (2022) Nature 603:455–463.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
My Nature squiggles cover (volume 603, issue 7901, 17 March 2022). (more)

Browse my gallery of cover designs.

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A catalogue of my journal and magazine cover designs. (more)

Happy 2022 `\pi` Day—
three one four: a number of notes

Mon 14-03-2022

Celebrate `\pi` Day (March 14th) and finally hear what you've been missing.

“three one four: a number of notes” is a musical exploration of how we think about mathematics and how we feel about mathematics. It tells stories from the very beginning (314…) to the very (known) end of π (...264) as well as math (Wallis Product) and math jokes (Feynman Point), repetition (nn) and zeroes (null).

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Listen to `\pi` in the style of 20th century classical music. (details)

The album is scored for solo piano in the style of 20th century classical music – each piece has a distinct personality, drawn from styles of Boulez, Feldman, Glass, Ligeti, Monk, and Satie.

Each piece is accompanied by a piku (or πku), a poem whose syllable count is determined by a specific sequence of digits from π.

Check out art from previous years: 2013 `\pi` Day and 2014 `\pi` Day, 2015 `\pi` Day, 2016 `\pi` Day, 2017 `\pi` Day, 2018 `\pi` Day, 2019 `\pi` Day, 2020 `\pi` Day and 2021 `\pi` Day.

PNAS Cover — Earth BioGenome Project

Fri 28-01-2022

My design appears on the 25 January 2022 PNAS issue.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
My PNAS cover design captures the vision of the Earth BioGenome Project — to sequence everything. (more)

The cover shows a view of Earth that captures the vision of the Earth BioGenome Project — understanding and conserving genetic diversity on a global scale. Continents from the Authagraph projection, which preserves areas and shapes, are represented as a double helix of 32,111 bases. Short sequences of 806 unique species, sequenced as part of EBP-affiliated projects, are mapped onto the double helix of the continent (or ocean) where the species is commonly found. The length of the sequence is the same for each species on a continent (or ocean) and the sequences are separated by short gaps. Individual bases of the sequence are colored by dots. Species appear along the path in alphabetical order (by Latin name) and the first base of the first species is identified by a small black triangle.

Lewin HA et al. The Earth BioGenome Project 2020: Starting the clock. (2022) PNAS 119(4) e2115635118.

The COVID charts — hospitalization rates

Tue 25-01-2022

As part of the COVID Charts series, I fix a muddled and storyless graphic tweeted by Adrian Dix, Canada's Health Minister.

I show you how to fix color schemes to make them colorblind-accessible and effective in revealing patters, how to reduce redundancy in labels (a key but overlooked part of many visualizations) and how to extract a story out of a table to frame the narrative.

Browse all the COVID charts.

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Clear titles introduce the graphic, which starts with informative and non-obvious observations of the relationship between age, number of comorbidities, vaccination status and hospitalization rates. Supporting the story is a tidy table that gives you detailed statistics for each demographic. (more)