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:


She remembered watching an excellent episode of "The West Wing" (in which the word "shibboleth" itself was used in its original sense of "password" or "test phrase" in order to learn whether the spokesman for a group of illegal immigrants was truly a strong and honest leader or only a paper tiger) while altering an item of clothing for her growing son by means of letting out generous seam allowances - an old trick of impecunious mothers of numerous children - and being so enthralled by the TV program that she stitched one entire leg of toddler-sized overalls to her own t-shirt. (by cusheamus)


Our manager was always repeating the shibboleth that everything takes twice as long as you expect, and he encouraged us to build sufficient padding or “seam allowance” into our schedules, but he was only a paper tiger who could not stand up to the CEO, a man who demanded instant results from everyone below him, and who continued to prowl the empty cubes, snapping his fingers impatiently, well after the company's impecuniousness necessitated a mass layoff. (by Rudi)


The haughty shibboleth that an enemy's bellicose rodomontade is nothing but the roaring of a paper tiger may prove erroneous in the event that state impecuniosity requires the defence budget to trim even the infantry's seam allowance, sending its draughty warriors to the front in nought but rags and patches. (by Et Seqq)


The shibboleth that the House of Dani is an impecunious paper tiger in contemporary Haute Couture is quickly dispelled when one views their vibrant new line and examines the unparalleled attention to detail exemplified by exquisite stitching and the generous, flawlessly executed, seam allowance so often dismissed as inconsequential by lesser designers. (by gumo420)
The Quandary for Friday, March 26, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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