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Today’s intellectual/mental transformation schedule includes the first chapter of Spanish for Dummies (I admit I qualify for admission to that group) and some great vocabulary for memorization.

Why Spanish and vocabulary?  My doctoral program requires I pass a language proficiency test during my first year.  As for the vocabulary, when I was younger my father instilled in me the virtue of learning at least two new words everyday.  I have, to my detriment, long neglected this good advice.

Vocabulary

Hypomaniac /hype-o-MAY-nee-ak/ A person with a mental disturbance characterized by excessive optimism.

Insiliarius /in-SIL-ee-AIR-ee-us/ An evil advisor.

Unipygic /yoo-ni-PIE-gik/ Having but one butt cheek.  Derived from the Latin unus [one] and the Greek pyge [rump].  This is the polite way of saying that someone is acting in a half-a**ed manner.