Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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A prominent postmodern theorist had been invited by the editors of the journal Intertextuality to write an essay exploring East-West cultural differences -- the essay was to take an experimental macaronic form, freely juxtaposing letters from the Latin alphabet with syllabics from the Devanagari abugida -- but after working on the project for a few weeks, even this intrepid explorer of gibberish began to suspire at the difficulty of the task he had been paid in advance to complete, and just before deadline he decided to submit something different altogether, a piece of conceptual art, consisting of twenty blank pages, entitled Defalcation. (by Rudi)


In Finnegans Wake, James Joyce was given to downright defalcation in so unrestrainedly pilfering from a polyglot repository of macaronic, prestidigitatory wordplay; and if some few of us succumb to an involuntary suspiration of lexical despair (with just a touch of the screaming abdabs?) having intrepidly negotiated page one, we may - if pressed for time - swiftly elide our way to Book IV (thereby no doubt leapfrogging much redundant descriptive padding) where we may (who knows?) make the acquaintance of a family of diacritically-enriched abugidas, consonant at last with the customary readerly expectation that our beloved Sanskrit should not be entirely unrepresented. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Sunday, May 23, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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