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:


Gentlemen of the jury, the St. Elmo's fire even now glowing and hissing on the weather vane atop the court house warns us not to punish Mr. Harper for doing what was, after all, only his duty, when he reported that his employer had accepted baksheesh - in the form of cash and sexual favors - to overlook safety violations in the mine, for to amerce Mr. Harper would be to shoot the messenger while Mr. Snelling, the real culprit, goes unpunished. (by cusheamus)


When the sailor rushed to warn the captain, “The mast's ablaze!”, the captain amerced him with a furious stare, upon which the sailor, now doubly fearful, whispered “Don't shoot the messenger,” but no plea, apology, or sycophantic verbal baksheesh would ever restore this coward, ignorant of St. Elmo's fire, to the captain's good graces. (by Rudi)


If my hot desire were St. Elmo's fire (Now don't go all quizzical, We're waxing metaphysical) Then I (fond wight) would strike a light Somewhere amidships (Let's say, below hips) In her moan zone; And if she sought me to amerce For violation of her privy purse I'd disburse baksheesh in the form of verse Crying 'don't shoot the messenger, I do you no wrong, It's not I that usurps, but my concupiscent schlong'. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Friday, May 21, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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