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:


"Ploce, ploce everywhere, nor any stop to think!" roared the undownable poetry professor at his recalcitrant class, continuing, "How many times do I have to tell you namby-pamby nitwits that it takes more than platitudinous ploce-placement to placate this pedant, it takes style!" (by Sensil)


Flyting excerpt: "Police my ploce, call it flawed, my undownable ploce, and I'll slap you -- you namby-pamby namby-pamby -- with a ploce so hard, a ploce so sharply spiked, a ploce so swiflty swung that your recalitrance and you will beg, in unending ploces, for mercy, mercy, mercy." (by Rudi)


With rhetoric more suited to a nursery, the recalcitrant library patron defended his namby-pamby colleague against the institution's equally undownable mistress, ultimately resorting to a rather unstylish bit of ploce: "Fine! A fine is just fine! Fine him!" (by LSnowe)


Recalcitrant, standing inside his home, a stately home of undownable brick, now home to his namby-pamby brothers, whose own homes B. B. Wolfe had toppled so easily, the third little pig thought, "There's no ploce like home." (by luigi)


His punctilious, supercilious correction of my every typo - as if he were the undownable paragon of proofreading - brought out the recalcitrant in me, such that, when today he had the nerve to strike out (strike out indeed!) my cunningly recondite 'ploce' only to replace it with a lacklustre 'place' (wherefore 'place', I ask you!?), I also struck out and gave him a thorough drubbing, I say a thorough verbal drubbing - so that put him out and in his place - whence (displaced and disgraced) off he slunk for a good, good cry, the niminy-piminy namby-pamby! (by Bud Myte)


Of all who spoke of him none would call him namby-pamby for his natural recalcitrance precluded such remarks leaving some to believe, himself among them, that he was undownable, beyond the reach of mortal man but it was his over used ploce that brought him down; and so we watch in stunned disbelief as he is dragged to the block and we will, and must, always remember that to many “I say, I say’s” and not enough cock-a-doodle-do’s marked the ignominious end of Fog Horn Leghorn. (by gumo420)


The web is being either recalcitrant or, more likely, indecisive, in yielding up the correct pronunciation of "ploce"; only my undownable enthusiasm for hearing the particular music of "ploce" is prompting me to continue collecting possible options in order that I may finally be able to say "ploce" out loud in public and reassure myself that collectively these dictionary sites are not as namby-pamby as they now seem. (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Friday, December 11, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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