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

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While you fribbled your pennies away,
In the helix of minimum wage,
She was already a tableau vivant kore,
On the vaudevillian stage!

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for today, Monday, August 31, 2015, consists of:
  • fribble
  • kore
  • vaudeville
  • helix
Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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Definitions Of Today's Words:

verb intr.: To act in a wasteful or frivolous manner. verb tr.: To fritter away. noun: A wasteful or frivolous person or thing.
  1. An Ancient Greek statue of a woman, portrayed standing, usually clothed, painted in bright colours and having an elaborate hairstyle

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for August 31, 2015 is:

vaudeville • \VAUD-vil\  • noun
1 : a light often comic theatrical piece frequently combining pantomime, dialogue, dancing, and song 2 : stage entertainment consisting of various acts (such as performing animals, comedians, or singers)

Andrew’s interest in vaudeville can be traced to his grandparents, who met as performers in the 1920s.

"This show is a throwback to vaudeville, with cheesy humor, plenty of audience participation, classic card tricks, flying arrows, colored live birds, fire, snow, choreography and just plain fun." —Tom Wharton, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 June 2015

Did you know?
In the 15th century, several amusing songs became popular across France. These songs were said to have been written by a man named Olivier Basselin who lived in the valley of the river Vire in northwest France. The songs eventually became known as chansons du vau-de-Vire, meaning "songs of the valley of Vire." Other people began writing and performing similar songs, and as this form of entertainment became more widespread, the link to vau-de-Vire was forgotten, and the nickname was shortened to one word: vaudevire. As the phenomenon spread beyond France, further changes in pronunciation and spelling shifted vaudevire into vaudeville. The meaning also broadened to include humorous performances and variety shows.

helix: a spiral.

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