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:

5

When she noticed one of us throwing a stone into the stream, one of the park visitors, who thought herself a ranger, spoke ex cathedra about how the runoff stream was part of the thermal feature, and then, as if she suddenly realized we were FOB's, launched into what turned out to be a fructuous lecture that helped us resolve our logomachy over geyser and geezer, hotpot and mudpot, fissure and seizure, crater (which is only the mouth of a volcano) and caldera (which is all the area that collapses around the crater, thus making Yellowstone one big caldera). (by QuaQua)

4

What I had hoped would be a fructuous discussion delivered ex cathedra by the head of the office of Geodesic Survey dissolved into hideous logomachy as to weather the depression in question was indeed a caldera or an expanded fumarole. (by gumo420)

3

As the couple discussed their counselor's ex cathedra pronouncement about the importance of using gentle words, a debate erupted about the meaning of gentleness, leaving behind a caldera of silent, smoldering misunderstandings, and proving that even “gentleness” can be fructuous ground for logomachy. (by Rudi)

2

When the Drs. Fischer (luminaries of the Geology Department at Penn) returned to their elegant suburban house after an evening at the theater, they discovered that as the result of a serious gas leak nothing remained of it (i.e., the house) but a smoldering hole surrounded by emergency workers, whereupon they commenced an extremely loud, infructuous logomachy concerning whether the hole was a caldera or a crater, a dispute finally stopped by the fire chief who said ex cathedra that it just looked like a damn shame. (by cusheamus)

1

You remember that old critter, Loggo Mackie, don't you? - that great kilted Jock? - the most fructuous lumberjack of his day, pockmarked as a karst full of dolines, a veritable moonscape of calderas, and for ever belting out those ex cathedra pronouncements of his, ranting on and on about our pig-ignorant verbal solecisms - yup, a logomacher sans pareil. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Tuesday, February 23, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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