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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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The SEIRS model for infectious disease dynamics

Thu 18-06-2020

Realistic models of epidemics account for latency, loss of immunity, births and deaths.

We continue with our discussion about epidemic models and show how births, deaths and loss of immunity can create epidemic waves—a periodic fluctuation in the fraction of population that is infected.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Nature Methods Points of Significance column: The SEIRS model for infectious disease dynamics. (read)

This column has an interactive supplemental component (download code) that allows you to explore epidemic waves and introduces the idea of the phase plane, a compact way to understand the evolution of an epidemic over its entire course.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Nature Methods Points of Significance column: The SEIRS model for infectious disease dynamics. (Interactive supplemental materials)

Bjørnstad, O.N., Shea, K., Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2020) Points of significance: The SEIRS model for infectious disease dynamics. Nature Methods 17:557–558.

Background reading

Bjørnstad, O.N., Shea, K., Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2020) Points of significance: Modeling infectious epidemics. Nature Methods 17:455–456.

Gene Machines

Fri 05-06-2020

Shifting soundscapes, textures and rhythmic loops produced by laboratory machines.

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, Segue was commissioned to create an original composition based on audio recordings from the GSC's laboratory equipment, robots and computers—to make “music” from the noise they produce.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Gene Machines by Segue. Now available on vinyl.

Virus Mutations Reveal How COVID-19 Really Spread

Mon 01-06-2020

Genetic sequences of the coronavirus tell story of when the virus arrived in each country and where it came from.

Our graphic in Scientific American's Graphic Science section in the June 2020 issue shows a phylogenetic tree based on a snapshot of the data model from Nextstrain as of 31 March 2020.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Virus Mutations Reveal How COVID-19 Really Spread. Text by Mark Fischetti (Senior Editor), art direction by Jen Christiansen (Senior Graphics Editor), source: Nextstrain (enabled by data from GISAID).

Cover of Nature Cancer April 2020

Mon 27-04-2020

Our design on the cover of Nature Cancer's April 2020 issue shows mutation spectra of patients from the POG570 cohort of 570 individuals with advanced metastatic cancer.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Each ellipse system represents the mutation spectrum of an individual patient. Individual ellipses in the system correspond to the number of base changes in a given class and are layered by mutation count. Ellipse angle is controlled by the proportion of mutations in a class within the sample and its size is determined by a sigmoid mapping of mutation count scaled within the layer. The opacity of each system represents the duration since the diagnosis of advanced disease. (read more)

The cover design accompanies our report in the issue Pleasance, E., Titmuss, E., Williamson, L. et al. (2020) Pan-cancer analysis of advanced patient tumors reveals interactions between therapy and genomic landscapes. Nat Cancer 1:452–468.

Modeling infectious epidemics

Tue 16-06-2020

Every day sadder and sadder news of its increase. In the City died this week 7496; and of them, 6102 of the plague. But it is feared that the true number of the dead this week is near 10,000 ....
—Samuel Pepys, 1665

This month, we begin a series of columns on epidemiological models. We start with the basic SIR model, which models the spread of an infection between three groups in a population: susceptible, infected and recovered.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Nature Methods Points of Significance column: Modeling infectious epidemics. (read)

We discuss conditions under which an outbreak occurs, estimates of spread characteristics and the effects that mitigation can play on disease trajectories. We show the trends that arise when "flattenting the curve" by decreasing `R_0`.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Nature Methods Points of Significance column: Modeling infectious epidemics. (read)

This column has an interactive supplemental component (download code) that allows you to explore how the model curves change with parameters such as infectious period, basic reproduction number and vaccination level.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Nature Methods Points of Significance column: Modeling infectious epidemics. (Interactive supplemental materials)

Bjørnstad, O.N., Shea, K., Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2020) Points of significance: Modeling infectious epidemics. Nature Methods 17:455–456.

The Outbreak Poems

Sat 04-04-2020

I'm writing poetry daily to put my feelings into words more often during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ideas,
light
in a shadow.
Falling Moon
caught
by horizon.
Distant shout
comes 
in a whisper.

Read the poems and learn what a piku is.