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:


When the presidential candidate, a fountain of solecism, fumbled up his speech-writer's work for the hundredth time (work which had the sheen and density of polished ebony), the speechwriter told his intern, sub rosa, that he would soon resign on medical grounds: trichotillomania. (by Rudi)


Lisa's trichotillomania was first discovered when her mother found her, still only a toddler, hidden behind the living room draperies, eating her hair, although Mom kept the revelation sub rosa for many years so none of the neighbors understood why Lisa's hair (in reality a cheap ebony wig) was uncomfortably unlike her siblings' dark brown curls and had no idea of the reason for her famous solecism, "my hairs is too tight", which referred of course to her experience of hair as, literally, some variety of hat. (by cusheamus)


'Looky here, beloved, I been a-busy knitting you an hair shirt,' confided his dusky amour at their next moonlit tryst, as (deaf to her rank solecisms) with sub rosa murmurings of gratitude he discarded his tweeds, donned the hirsute garb, drew her swiftly to him, burnished her glistening ebony pate, and finally breathed in qualified ecstasy: 'Truly your trichotillomania has yielded me an abundant harvest.' (by Et Seqq)


What began as a minor solecistic breach of the sub-rosa agreement between the Caribbean offices of the CIA and MI6 was eventually to lead both agency’s into such dark and convoluted covert operations that they were actually referred to as ebonized tactics, but ultimately failed to drive Fidel Castro into the severe state of trichotillomania they had hoped for. (by gumo420)
The Quandary for Friday, March 12, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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