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:


When it comes to marriage, dear girl, you will want a good-looking and a docile man - oh, and a fashionable one, too - not some old horse-and-buggy fellow; husbands really are not so fungible as you seem to think, no more than, say, dogs: why, if your dear little terrier were run over by a charabanc, surely you wouldn't replace him with just any dog off the street! (by roch)


This horse-and-buggy approach you take to customer service just isn't good enough; I absolutely will not accept this idea that transport is fungible, that despite having reserved a chauffeured limousine I should docilely climb on to some charabanc, exposing myself to the elements (to say nothing of the seething mass of humanity already aboard the conveyance)! (by Eli)


Tony, the new director of Tinsletown Timeless Tours, finally agreed to the trustees’ insistence that the fleet of charabancs -- the later, motorized conveyances, not the earlier, horse-drawn ones -- be fungible, but he did so only under the condition that the fleet wasn’t ever replaced with horse and buggies; he could never get past that first Sunday morning after the day he turned twelve, when, instead of wearing the contemporary necktie his mother gave to him, he donned his Croatian grandfather’s gabardine cravat, only to be forever scarred by his mother’s invective: “You’re not going to church in that horse-and-buggy hug-a-neck, you little antique-fashion queen!” -- which forever turned his docile manner into the saddest kind of willfulness. (by Bovinity)


Well Tommy, you might think me a docile aristocrat, willing to ride the streets of London in whatever fungible vehicle his chauffeur selects, but don't you dare suggest a charabanc, even if it's gold-plated: they're so "horse-and-buggy," the motorized ones included, not my taste at all. (by Rudi)


To Gertrude's horse-and-buggy way of thinking, the docile teams pulling the tourist-laden charabancs down the tree-lined avenue and the newer combustion engines were far from fungible as the latter lacked the charm and grace of the former. (by luigi)
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