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:


Our efforts to counsel you, dear child, lead nowhere but to our own paroxysms of frustration: we tell you, don't look a gift horse in the mouth, but you continue, intransigently, to question all you've been given, and worse, to arrogate what you have not been given -- what gives? (by Rudi)


My glamorous younger sister Sarah, seized by her annual paroxysm of conflicted generosity, used to give me her cast-off sweaters as Christmas presents when we were young, arrogating to herself thereby the thankless job of sprucing me up a bit (I was an intransigent tomboy), but of course she was much smaller than I, so for me Christmas became an exercise in not looking a gift horse in the mouth. (by cusheamus)


In the paroxysm of lust one will rarely look a gift horse in the mouth, so to speak, and intransigence is replaced with a general flexibility and arrogated to one's natural savoir faire but in truth more likely attendant to last call and Tequila shooters. (by gumo420)


Screaming "What do you mean, don't look a gift horse in the mouth?", in an enraged paroxysm of intransigence my wife there and then arrogated the right to choose in future her own Christmas present, surprising me more than somewhat in so abruptly abrogating our time-honoured and congenial custom of exchanging book tokens of modest value, and - on my part at least - so considerately wrapped, too. (by Bud Myte)


"The fish is bland", said the uninvited guest, and somewhat intransigently refused to add salt or pepper; disturbed by this arrogation, one of the other guests yelled out in a paroxysm, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth". (by QuaQua)
The Quandary for Thursday, December 17, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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