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

Attempts to resolve the Quandary:


The young poet flushed incarnadine when I criticized his overuse of neologisms, but you must admit there's something hinky in it, as though he's trying to use those words as weapons against the mortmain of his venerable family. (by Roch)


When Mayor Bloomington used a televised public address to rant about the "hinky system of mortmain" that prevented development of condos in the cathedral yard, the archbishop's face became incarnadine and he let loose a stream of vulgar neologisms comparing several of the mayor's relatives to the excretory systems of various zoo animals. (by Eli)


Losing his memory, yet still saddled with linguistic mortmain, the aging lexicographer became enraged, veritably incarnadine, upon hearing any neologism -- not quite recognizing it as such, he still knew something hinky had been uttered. (by Rudi)
The Quandary for Friday, October 02, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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