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:


I'm not a shoe whore, 'cuz, with my shoes, I could start a store, or, as in the polemics' lore, I titivate'em in gold 'n umber ore; I am a shoe whore, 'cuz I got no room, but I still want more. (by Kannan)


It never took much to get Claude started; the slightest reference to heels would invariably start him on a fifteen-minute polemic on the stupidity of shoe whores and the pointlessness of trying to titivate by decorating ones feet, in which he would wave his arms wildly until whatever exotic watch he happened to be wearing that day -- perhaps his Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon chronograph, with its rose gold case and custom umber dial -- threatened to fly off his wrist. (by Eli)


When you're a shoe whore, you can be stopped in your tracks by nearly any shop window on Newberry Street; the window in question featured a fetching pair of short boots in umber, titivated with beading and embroidery, which entirely distracted me from Harriet's perambulating polemic against the mayor. (by Beth)


Sister Mary Margaret was glad not to be among those poor, discalced Carmelites, whose feet took on the umber pigmentation of the soil they trod; still, her secret vice, that she was a shoe whore, a real "scortum calceorum," had led to more than one polemic by the Mother Superior against her penchant to titivate her tootsies with the wares of Ferragamo and Manolo Blahnik. (by Luigi)


Enduring yet another polemic accusing him of being a shoe whore, this time prompted by his decision to titivate his outfit with a pair of Campers in an unusual shade of umber, Mani quoted the sage Patsy Stone: "You can never have enough hats, gloves, and shoes." (by Jim)


He had written a polemic against the evils of consumerism, but Professor Huuf was a closeted shoe whore, constantly dusting and titivating a collection that spanned every shade of brown, from ecru to umber. (by Rudi)
The Quandary for Thursday, October 08, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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