Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

Today's attempts to resolve the Quandary (login or register to compose yours):

No attempts yet.

The Quandary for today, Tuesday, August 21, 2018, consists of:
  • assize
  • badass
  • cerulean
  • bad, n.1
Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

Since September 2009, word lovers have offered 7057 sentences — each one a surprise — to QQ's unique and growing library. Explore earlier Quandaries through our word list or the calendar below. View yesterday's QQ resolutions or pick a day at random.

Definitions Of Today's Words:

noun: A session of a court or a verdict or an inquiry made at such a session.
  1. (US, slang, negative connotation, possibly offensive) Belligerent and troublesome.
  2. (US, slang, positive connotation, possibly offensive) Having an extreme appearance, attitude, or behavior that is considered admirable.

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for August 21, 2018 is:

cerulean • \suh-ROO-lee-un\  • adjective

: resembling the blue of the sky


"The images in Nicolas Party’s paintings are simple, vivid, inexplicably funny, and profoundly odd. He paints the face of a man in a brown hat with a large snail on top, against a background of cerulean blue." — Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, June 2018

"The new oceanfront pool is scheduled to debut by summer’s end…; complete with cabanas and a second tiki bar serving food all day, it will bring guests even closer to the cerulean Atlantic." — Alexandra Kirkman, Forbes, 2 July 2018

Did you know?

Cerulean comes from the Latin word caeruleus, which means "dark blue" and is most likely from caelum, the Latin word for "sky." An artist rendering a sky of blue in oils or watercolors might choose a tube of cerulean blue pigment. Birdwatchers in the eastern U.S. might look skyward and see a cerulean warbler (Dendroica cerulea). Cerulean is not the only color name that’s closely associated with the sky. Azure (which ultimately comes from a Persian word for "lapis lazuli," a rich blue stone) describes the color of a cloudless sky and can even be a noun meaning "the unclouded sky."

OED Word of the Day: bad, n.1 A (domestic or wild) cat

Quadrivial Quandary (QQ) is owned and operated by Rudi Seitz.
Sentences submitted to QQ are the property of their authors. See our page on Copyright Information for details.
Dictionary definitions are the property of their respective sources, presented here via public RSS feeds or otherwise with permission.
All other material is copyright 2015 by Rudi Seitz, all rights reserved.
Use of this site is governed by our terms of service.
Contact: rudi at quadrivialquandary dot com.