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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

unwords

This is the biggest list—887,716 English unwords, generated from a list of 479,000 list of English words.

Medically compelling words, defined by some interesting suffixes (e.g. phobia), are presented in the undiseases section.

The list of unwords is filtered to exclude any hyphenation and apostrophes. I've made no attempt to stem the words—for example, to remove what appear to be plural forms.

—3—
abh
baf
cah
daf
ebz
fal
gaa
hea
ibb
jaa
kaa
laa
maq
nai
oaa
paa
qqu
raz
sbz
tah
uea
vae
wel
xni
yab
zaa
—4—
abae
bace
caak
dabn
eacc
faha
gaag
hadr
ibal
jabo
kaah
laep
maal
naan
oaah
paan
qeit
raef
sabm
taak
ubed
vace
wanr
xake
yada
zaac
—5—
ababo
babne
caang
dabna
eable
fadus
gaaba
habwe
iaced
jaacm
kaaab
ladde
maaco
naars
oaads
paabs
qeisa
radlo
sabil
tabal
udsel
vaard
wance
xibne
yebon
zaach
—6—
aachan
babold
caabah
dabnar
eables
facont
gaaada
habway
iacect
jaaday
kaadey
laclic
maakin
nabens
oaagee
paabay
quaben
raldos
sabane
taaque
udnygs
vabara
wamfly
xennis
yeamyl
zaaced
—7—
aamreid
bacadil
caamale
daajarg
eabemic
facomas
gaabags
habwest
iacects
jaabate
kabadis
laclics
maakite
naaquan
oaalake
paaband
qeitage
raemony
sabanal
tabater
ubecide
vabitat
walcama
xeaiate
yazoris
zaacure
—8—
aachtony
bacacree
caamahoo
dabnasas
eabidion
facomate
gaabacte
habwoofs
iaccuate
jaabarly
kabalion
lacloses
maaglive
nabaneer
oaaldiza
paabands
qeinator
ramaness
sabaless
tabakton
uangorin
vabipans
wameless
xeywords
ydneress
zaachner
—9—
abackiest
bacaiting
caambaria
dabnaring
eablishes
facomania
gaaadedia
habwuiter
iacectium
jaadneway
kaahajout
laclidian
maacchial
nabaneest
oabarfort
paachting
qeinatory
raemoning
sabalaryl
taabotzle
udnyglyph
vabippary
wandwares
xendomate
yeesonian
zaachnick
—10—
aadophanic
bacaitings
caamahooed
daakarillo
eabialysis
facolatine
gaabustail
hacchotest
iabiaceous
jaabarness
kaagnation
lacloparia
maagillism
naantalous
oaadrooter
paacrasses
qturegrasm
raemonetts
sabalidase
tabiricate
uaragrable
vabipagean
wandwatark
xickinfert
yebonesses
zaacricker
—11—
aadophacone
bachplasted
caamahooing
dabnationer
eabidiology
facoscophic
gaablerment
hacchotized
ibbicarized
jaacoughter
kabstomment
lacloparian
maagilineal
nabionmaker
oabatrophic
paalligeret
quacidioned
raemonetted
sabalidated
tabisteculi
ubedability
vabipparies
wandwauning
yennishness
zaadishness

—12—
aadophaliums
bachplasters
caamatoscope
dabnariolate
eablansmidal
facolubility
gaablikeness
hadeconwight
iaceulineson
jabification
kabheseeding
lacluntation
maachanavite
nabionership
oabatrophoic
paalodochord
quacefulness
raemonetting
sabalidation
tabjaceously
udnygromissi
vabippareism
wannachanced
yepenousness
zaachnickesh
—13—
abaugescibies
bachanoloical
caamatoscopia
dabnationency
eablamanchium
facontagonite
gaaldrimahedy
hadiaboroness
iachomaniasis
jabimarometer
kabromedizone
lacrusization
maagilinolity
nabitariously
oacantraceous
paanolypaline
quaculiferous
rambreaulowed
sabanucelican
tabjaceousies
uemanociation
vabipparyment
wannachancing
xickingerline
yeryllinemism
zenbhidievine
—14—
abascressionly
bacecification
caamatoscopian
dabnationistic
eacenfigenised
facolubilities
gaarolatically
hacchotization
ibbicarization
jabimarosacily
kaihowfuklench
ladoculsionism
maakursismally
nactualization
oachuloglosynt
paalojiglactry
qansinquirosis
raemoologition
sabracoethygen
tabjaceousness
udnygromoidium
vaceheartedner
wannefictingly
yepfyrotarical
zalaedritellay
—15—
aberyatheberter
badainderedness
caanomaticnatic
dabstologically
eablaneonareous
facophthillahid
gaannificalpous
harrigonishment
ibbicarizations
jaberotherapeus
kabaelesiculous
lamphosescenter
maakuristically
nadastifferling
oachanosophagia
paaminguasechos
quaddractionism
rastarizingness
sabridaboletric
tacdicalization
uemalameisarian
vaceheartedness
wanenolaphonous
ynderapodometer
—16—
abriladothronous
bakoographically
cabalothpization
dactalisingulate
eachematocarpous
fahfoiestheskule
gactiometrically
hadiaboastowning
ibbiographically
jabimoatalophesy
kawaddauriaceous
lamolatrological
maarographically
nadarogenesomacy
ochydramodenomic
paalodorrhaphrin
quaddractimation
rameocrasiferous
saconopasinectic
tachocroytograph
uemanobiological
vegonsculonizing
wandwatalvenwood
yermacographical

—17—
abyranchiatically
baeloazronahumian
cabritometrically
dabsomelscescence
eaticurlegittrial
failonesheeptress
gaarozooenciously
haudacycocetolite
iceiomorphization
jabufedereschilde
kawcayanganasasim
lamphophoraldumal
mabilioistarthine
naniquinpuffyaire
oachryptostecrous
pablinopolization
reaptillification
sabucetarculation
tachyphoschistomy
uemalodeativeness
vegonsculvinalize
whimsellepsitrify
zhonoussitization
—18—
abyinosteracysting
bagoquincification
caccopstherization
dalatosephostomies
eacenfiginembiasis
fantrofingerniness
gaeragotisalgialis
hecalocorpossomies
icemohydrosemuline
jacunceuralization
kaitcholenthythris
leitocartronograph
mabersanthropalous
necrotimoperitoric
oachryptosphorenal
padlandfactiveness
quebunouscephalous
rearmidephenolitic
secrotomyzographic
tachycardometyrous
uenitanisticalness
vellheolinguachure
wanpimmenabilities
yermahvoacetoscoma
—19—
aberyatheldocration
bahandaclionishness
cacethcoalyscraphic
dalanaphorrhachehic
eccolatibidological
fansomosacsimatical
gadiophoressessiric
hadiaboastripangous
icancraticulosality
kelocericostosthene
leliarystallization
mabersanthrological
nercrodyomeberation
odersotenographeral
palanreoncounterite
reconsosentializing
semidezalomolegneal
tagatomotheremotean
unberwrightenedness
velciarcomaryphitis
wenigrassiprulation
—20—
abyogloystelmoiditic
bedaginettaceousness
cachofigarpossometer
dactalismandolitrate
eachtrandrologistric
fedophosphotological
ganroldinocontonosus
henromycorrhhosoidal
iceiolarchythmiamoad
jabimoamordohechmood
kedipercustitalities
macalcromanchamiency
nondenchistentiation
ochyolorenentontagen
palnareoblothiameric
quebrobiogrhecartise
rerepervimestination
scartiometricolastic
talmacoparphocentone
undiffosoliopenazing
velluquithoreterical

—21—
accantosapherochiasis
bemicoloblacontomatic
cachoegnscophystomies
dalificationlessorate
eachygasonaryocarcour
fedorographistrolisan
gadicoarchioscopelous
hedetotypolorphograph
incentularsomoterasia
madychopheniaccuronal
nodaterationalization
octudioflorouphotopia
pechovobbintropnonaic
rechmodechmometrogamo
sabrilostehyricullite
tartosophazoloopellin
undyltracerbandenesol
vereurocerbordohycent
—22—
agniotrophocyclethrine
begipothranmaceraceous
caconsochnecoloscephal
danduocephalomosomeric
egyperyphopothermosate
frachipothostereinitis
gasciocatiosocrasilian
indaaldesitrehenalgian
malcuptisemothanculous
nercroplerographically
oecraumatressesthenibe
peaslothecamonometanic
quebrobiogrhecaryminal
reflesimomolithrosilic
secrotopoidontromastic
tatinochlogacyphologue
undongrensibiliatlemen
—23—
acaraertepitulpeptation
bembenocolbogistromatal
caciceptopomethyleneous
decletopyrrachystolmial
eiyandsceprinainization
galuardicolaristrolcoma
icetoplexistrosthhrenia
lucarucorynchomazintrin
macnchydrogeneumoseable
nonertertabolialization
orchopyrimosalgarositis
pantancoloideculaminone
tanacondrachonomethanic

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Hola Mundo Cover

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My cover design for Hola Mundo by Hannah Fry. Published by Blackie Books.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Hola Mundo by Hannah Fry. Cover design is based on my 2013 `\pi` day art. (read)

Curious how the design was created? Read the full details.

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You can look back there to explain things,
but the explanation disappears.
You'll never find it there.
Things are not explained by the past.
They're explained by what happens now.
—Alan Watts

A Markov chain is a probabilistic model that is used to model how a system changes over time as a series of transitions between states. Each transition is assigned a probability that defines the chance of the system changing from one state to another.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Nature Methods Points of Significance column: Markov Chains. (read)

Together with the states, these transitions probabilities define a stochastic model with the Markov property: transition probabilities only depend on the current state—the future is independent of the past if the present is known.

Once the transition probabilities are defined in matrix form, it is easy to predict the distribution of future states of the system. We cover concepts of aperiodicity, irreducibility, limiting and stationary distributions and absorption.

This column is the first part of a series and pairs particularly well with Alan Watts and Blond:ish.

Grewal, J., Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2019) Points of significance: Markov Chains. Nature Methods 16:663–664.

1-bit zoomable gigapixel maps of Moon, Solar System and Sky

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Places to go and nobody to see.

Exquisitely detailed maps of places on the Moon, comets and asteroids in the Solar System and stars, deep-sky objects and exoplanets in the northern and southern sky. All maps are zoomable.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
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Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Nature Methods Points of Significance column: Quantile regression. (read)

Unlike in traditional mean regression methods, no assumptions about the distribution of the response are required, which makes it practical, robust and amenable to skewed distributions.

Quantile regression is also very useful when extremes are interesting or when the response variance varies with the predictors.

Das, K., Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2019) Points of significance: Quantile regression. Nature Methods 16:451–452.

Background reading

Altman, N. & Krzywinski, M. (2015) Points of significance: Simple linear regression. Nature Methods 12:999–1000.

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Outliers can degrade the fit of linear regression models when the estimation is performed using the ordinary least squares. The impact of outliers can be mitigated with methods that provide robust inference and greater reliability in the presence of anomalous values.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Nature Methods Points of Significance column: Analyzing outliers: Robust methods to the rescue. (read)

We discuss MM-estimation and show how it can be used to keep your fitting sane and reliable.

Greco, L., Luta, G., Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2019) Points of significance: Analyzing outliers: Robust methods to the rescue. Nature Methods 16:275–276.

Background reading

Altman, N. & Krzywinski, M. (2016) Points of significance: Analyzing outliers: Influential or nuisance. Nature Methods 13:281–282.

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To find which experimental factors have an effect, simultaneously examine the difference between the high and low levels of each.

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They offer two benefits over the widely used one-factor-at-a-time (OFAT) experiments: efficiency and ability to detect interactions.

Martin Krzywinski @MKrzywinski mkweb.bcgsc.ca
Nature Methods Points of Significance column: Two-level factorial experiments. (read)

Since the number of factor combinations can quickly increase, one approach is to model only some of the factorial effects using empirically-validated assumptions of effect sparsity and effect hierarchy. Effect sparsity tells us that in factorial experiments most of the factorial terms are likely to be unimportant. Effect hierarchy tells us that low-order terms (e.g. main effects) tend to be larger than higher-order terms (e.g. two-factor or three-factor interactions).

Smucker, B., Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2019) Points of significance: Two-level factorial experiments Nature Methods 16:211–212.

Background reading

Krzywinski, M. & Altman, N. (2014) Points of significance: Designing comparative experiments.. Nature Methods 11:597–598.