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:


"No conversations in Hindi..., I mean, not in the workplace" -- the project manager's epanorthosis provoked a scornful ratiocination from the confrontational tech-lead: " Why not? Just because you can't understand it? Or because you think they are talking about you? Take it back!", even as the Hindi-speakers in the room appeared unprovoked, timid even, yet silently determined not to ever comport with such a ridiculous ukase. (by QuaQua)


Team, I've been ratiocinating about our last defeat, and I've concluded we'll never win a debate competition unless we comport ourselves better rhetorically, so that's why I'm issuing this ukase to all debaters: epanorthoses... not even one epanorthosis is allowed! (by Rudi)


As Jack roared “Ready to board!” Stephen turned to his companion to explain Jack’s ratiocination: “Excuse my friend’s tendency towards epanorthosis, but he does have an aversion to long-windedness; for example, when the Admiral issues a ukase commanding the men to hone their offensive implements, tighten their suspenders and check their shoelaces, Jack doesn’t consider that will inspire the appropriate comportment in them for a successful attack on a 64-gun xebec cruiser.” (by Sensil)


His usual comportment was that of a reasonable and modest man, but on the occasion in question, he abandoned ratiocination and restraint completely, bellowing fiats, decrees, and ukases in an epanorthotic frenzy of cocaine-induced grandiosity. (by cusheamus)


"What - am I happy now? - yes . . . but on second thoughts maybe no: the consultant guardedly acknowledged that his early diagnosis of my presumed epanorthotic condition had been pure guesswork, or rather - as I think he may have phrased it - 'the product of speculative ratiocination'; but when I then humbly petitioned for his considered prognosis he issued me with a veritable ukulele, or do I mean ukase? - ordering me to comport myself with less proximity, no, less uncertainty . . . yes, certainly with more dignity . . . but then perhaps he's unaware (or is he?) that my dog has fleas - probably, indeed undoubtedly, acquired on a recent trip to Hawaii." (by Bud Myte)


The ukase read aloud to the assembled crowd produced no effect, as no one seemed to comport, not even the herald himself, who intermittently sank into hesitant ratiocination while reading and evidently struggled with the awkward wording of the document, confusing the public with abrupt stops and disruptive epanorthoses. (by rebane)


Set before us was not a work of ratiocination but a ukase, born of hate and fear, designed to destroy the fragile comportation only recently constructed through long hours of patient and lucid negotiations and not the bumbling and inflammatory epanorthosis currently being spewed by its progenitors political automatons who now held the floor. (by gumo420)
The Quandary for Wednesday, December 09, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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