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 gallimaufry of emotions that a lone Rama felt after his wife Sita was kidnapped by leviathan Ravana, caused a lapse in his savoir-faire; he shot and killed the monkey king Vali from hiding (in a move not congrous with kshatriya dharma) in order to gain the support of his rival Sugreev, Sugreev's assistant Hanuman, and his army of piffling monkeys. (by QuaQua)


He was, until this very instant, a bumbling flaneur spouting a gallimaufry of piffle; but in this moment of diabolical change he rose beyond the occasion to become a leviathan, a diplomatic savant if you will, of savoir-faire so soothing and calming that the myrmidons of Savannakhet smiled and laughed and allowed us to pass and thus depart Laos unharmed. (by gumo420)


Among the gallimaufry of single-celled organisms in my drop of pond water, I spotted one leviathan, a beautiful and remarkably large heliozoan, drifting through the crowd with apparent savoir-faire, while many smaller animalcules piffled their energy darting this way and that around it. (by roch)


When QQ is a linguistic leviathan with sole authority to regulate and police sesquipedalianism, it will ensure that no public square, real or virtual, is without a gallimaufry of long words in every language and a rich macedoine of examples of their usage in groups of four; but, despite its awesome power and the ubiquity of its myrmidons, there will be piffling subversives among its ranks who will weaken the prevailing esprit de corps with claptrap disguised as charm and savoir-faire. (by aslam)


"Piffle, persiflage, folderol! Just what I'd expect from Leviathan!" said Harriet irritably, her usual savoir-faire lost in the face of the Registry's refusal to renew her license -- but her gallimaufry of words only baffled the clerk, who ventured, "Ma'am ... are you calling me a whale?" (by beth)


"A chef-d'oeuvre, brimming with savoir-faire and esprit de corps," said the wine critic, employing a gallimaufry of French terms that did not plausibly describe the Cabernet in question (it was no masterpiece, it was not tactful, and it had no way of possessing solidarity), but he had established himself as leviathan in the industry and no one could safely contest his piffle. (by Rudi)


Petrovich, a drunken one-eyed leviathan of a man, listened to the piffle of Akakiy Akakievitch with as much savoir-faire as his aggravated temper could muster, carefully considered Akakiy's request that he, Petrovich the tailor, replace the worn parts of the overcoat with a gallimaufry of shreds and patches, then roared, “No, it is impossible. It is a wretched garment!” (by Sensil)


And lo! Leviathan shall rise up from her abode in the deep, piffling snortily as she comes, and the savoir faire of the people shall be greatly troubled and, yea, their gallimaufries shall be gathered up and beaten into, um, big fish hooks. (by cusheamus)


"Moving on to the Miscellaneous Lots, Ladies and Gentlemen: Lot 666, a choice example of the Victorian taxidermist's art - one leviathan basking fesswise, mounted in a bow fronted glass case furnished with a mermaid's bower of intricate tesserae, attended by megalodon and kraken counter-rampant, and accommodating an enticing melange of sirens au naturel - provenance and certificate of authenticity courtesy of the Loch Ness Tartan Charlatans . . . what on earth do you mean, sir, 'utter piffle'? - really, if you don't intend to bid, please have the savoir-faire to remain silent; so what shall we say for this oceanic gallimaufry?" (by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Friday, December 04, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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