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:

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As pupils of the town's first matriculation high school, we engaged in enough navel-gazing to think ourselves little brown Englishmen and dream of languishing in cockaigne all our adult lives, but unfortunately, we could neither understand a word of what the English teacher said, nor find another way to matriculate. (by QuaQua)

3

When it came time for Alicia to follow in her older siblings' footsteps and matriculate to UCLA, her family discovered that the time she had spent on what she described as "a spiritual journey" (which they imagined had been a spot of harmless navel-gazing at some local ashram catering to the shifting whims of the upper classes) had been neither harmless nor fleeting in its effects, but had resulted in her permanent occupancy of some ditsy, cultish Land of Cockaigne where academic subjects and adult responsibilities were entirely eschewed in favor of panhandling and hallucinogens. (by cusheamus)

2

Weeks after matriculating at a prestigious but overly theoretical engineering school, the budding roboticist grew weary of his professors' navel-gazing, so he dropped out to realize his vision: a restaurant inspired by Bruegel's depiction of Cockaigne, containing neither surly waiters nor cumbersome silverware, but instead, robotically enhanced pigs that wander to their assigned tables, proceed to butcher and cook themselves (rare or well according to specification), and, with the help of edible onboard propulsion systems, launch their erstwhile flesh directly into the appropriate mouths. (by Rudi)

1

On matriculating at the fantastic University of Cockaigne to read omphaloskepsis, he immediately found himself in the lap of luxury, feasting on ambrosia, cosseted by lissom maidens obedient to his every whim, and required neither to pursue studies nor to take examinations, at last comfortably graduating summa cum lauda having idled away however many halcyon years in effortless navel-gazing. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Tuesday, May 11, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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