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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The final of the 2054 Pickleball World Cup was a game for the ages, featuring the unexpected match-up of two players who were the ultimate antithesis of each other, with the vulgarian gangrel Clatfart Maginty, renowned for his powerful scudding serve, face full of bling and formulaic yet deadly game strategies, fronting up against the heterodox Minecrafter Jorrobee Holoraby, who once more brought her sweeping back hand, surprising changes of pace and the welcome grace notes of her spontaneous twirling dance routines to the party.

(by The Masked Pimpernel)
The Quandary for today, Friday, November 22, 2019, consists of:
  • vulgarian
  • grace note
  • heterodox
  • pickleball, n.
Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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Definitions Of Today's Words:

noun: A boor, lewd, and crude person who makes a conspicuous display of wealth.
  1. (music) A musical note, indicated on a score in smaller type with or without a slash through it, played to ornament the melody rather than as part of it. Its note value does not count as part of the total time value of the measure it appears in.
  2. (figuratively) Something that decorates, embellishes, or ornaments; a finishing touch.

For some Christian churches, today is the feast day of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians.

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for November 22, 2019 is:

heterodox • \HET-uh-ruh-dahks\  • adjective

1 : contrary to or different from an acknowledged standard, a traditional form, or an established religion : unorthodox, unconventional

2 : holding unorthodox opinions or doctrines


"His heterodox moves have been the ones requiring most careful explanation on social media. He bucks his party in not voting for measures he supports … because he disagrees with the underlying legislative approach." — Isaac Stanley-Becker and Felicia Sonmez, The Washington Post, 20 May 2019

"Why, you’re ashamed to buy my book, ashamed to read it: the only thing you’re not ashamed of is to judge me for it without having read it; and even that only means that you’re ashamed to have heterodox opinions." — George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, 1903

Did you know?

It’s true: individuals often see other people’s ideas as unconventional while regarding their own as beyond reproach. The antonyms orthodox and heterodox developed from the same root, Greek doxa, which means "opinion." Heterodox derives from doxa plus heter-, a combining form meaning "other" or "different"; orthodox pairs doxa with orth-, meaning "correct" or "straight."

OED Word of the Day: pickleball, n. A game similar to tennis played with short paddles and a light perforated plastic ball

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