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 king's myrmidons would detect and report any rise in the esprit de corps in the nation, and his pundits of Politics would immediately go on a campaign of sententious characterizations of the castes to rekindle the animosity between them. (by QuaQua)


Mr Rafferty is sadly wanting in esprit de corps: he sets himself above the rest of us, desiring to be thought our resident pundit, regularly delivering himself of sententious exhortations meant to spur us to conform to his higher standards and, while we do not want another robotic myrmidon, we would be grateful if he showed a smidge more team spirit, particularly when we are all pinned down by enemy fire. (by cusheamus)


Everyone called the pundit "sententious," but his audience lacked esprit de corps: his myrmidons meant pithy while his critics meant preachy. (by Rudi)


Feeling like a disposable crew of myrmidons sent to slaughter or be slaughtered, the newly minted Macy's elves sat quietly by while the self-appointed pundit of the season sententiously spouted bromides about "niceness" and "naughtiness," but they knew they would need more than a fledgling esprit de corps and some velvet shoes to outlast an attack from the ceaselessly sniveling enemy hordes. (by LSnowe)


His sententious pronouncements had earned Pooh a deserved reputation as the leading pundit of the Hundred Acre Wood, and engendered an admirable esprit de corps in his leading myrmidons, Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger. (by Sensil)


One can hardly say enough about the media pundits and all that they have done to promote a national esprit-de-corps using stunningly tedious and sententious repetition to create a reactive sub-class of myrmidons to whom independent thought is a criminal act. (by gumo420)


"Dr. Johnson," your sententious punditry is famously sans pareil, if not altogether de trop," contributed Boswell, "and may I - as but your humble myrmidon and constant scribe - declare a wee smidgin of esprit de corps in acclaiming such erudite sassenach volubility . . . and furthermore (if I may be permitted), in presently citing your esteemed blethering self:"'Tis better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than open one's mouth and remove all doubt.'" (by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Wednesday, December 02, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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