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:


During the twenty-sixth year of the war, trade negotiations brought about a brief moratorium, during which some of the rebels who had been hiding in deep caves in the mountains ventured cautiously forth, only to be shanghaied by the oligarchs' troops, frog-marched to the nearby transports, and taken to the naval yard where a fleet of new gigatremes (an inaccurate neologism intended to convey invincibility) awaited their slave crews. (by cusheamus)


When a writing instructor at an elite institution accused some students of "Shanghaiing the English Language" through their use of illegitimate neologisms in homework assignments, a brawl ensued between linguistic conservatives and liberals in the class, with one member of the later group shrieking "Every word began as a neologism! Neologisms' rights! Neologisms' rights!" whereupon security guards stormed the room and frogmarched everyone to the office of the Dean, who promptly authorized their extraordinary rendition at an undisclosed foreign campus, where they were forced to obey a moratorium on that most incendiary activity: speech. (by Rudi)


'I tell you, the blasted fellow knew that our committee had just placed an absolute moratorium on neologisms, so when he then gave the maître d'hôtel of this Chinese floating restaurant a sesquipedalian mouthful of unwarranted invective - about his being nothing but an "incomclapsilogical scumbliferous groadlewhacker" - we had no option but to ask the kitchen staff to grab him unceremoniously by the extremities and frog-march him away, which they did with commendable alacrity, shanghaing him onto a decaying junk moored alongside.' (by Et Seqq)


When members of the High School Musical Appreciation Society attempted to shanghai lexicographers at the OED offices into accepting 'kewl' as a valid neologism they were frogmarched from the building, logophiles everywhere appealing for a moratorium on all such obscenities. (by Mellifluous)


When the frog-march of shanghaied sailors during the gold rush of 1848 became so profuse - and they could not convince the ships captains to call a moratorium to the practice - the San Francisco chamber of commerce called in a neologist to create a more socially acceptable term for the practice; but when the best he could come up with was to call them ‘aggressive recruitment policies’ he was immediately aggressively recruited. (by gumo420)
The Quandary for Monday, April 12, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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