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:


Oblivious of the bonds of mortmain, the cannon attempted to put a raffish bar on church land up for sale, and when summoned to the ecclesiastical court after being delated for this offense he replied to the bishop, "Maybe later." (by Paul Woodruff)


The Anarchist Church of Free Souls has given up mortmain altogether in favor of a raffish tradition of frequently discarding their current ceremonies and leaders in favor of entirely new ones; when their most recently delated pastor begged for the reversal of his excommunication, the congregants laughingly told him, "maybe later." (by Roch and Eli)


I delate those who, with a tacit "maybe later", defer cultivating a raffish linguistic legerdemain to lift the mortmain of cliché and tired language on communication and thought (are you listening, Deloitte Consulting HR department?). (by Jim Guszcza)


Should Rudi delate his friend Chris to the logophile courts for regarding the task of using (mostly) old words in a sentence as so much mortmain, and for his raffish response, “Maybe later”? (by Chris)


Hear me friar, we may not decorate our grandfather's robes with sequins, certainly not, as the suggested alterations would be so gaudy, so utterly raffish as to warrant our immediate delation to the fashion police, besides which, the garments belong by mortmain to our Franciscan order, which does not approve of things sparkly, so, regarding your proposal for a sequin jamboree after mass, maybe later. (by Rudi)
The Quandary for Saturday, October 03, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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