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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His son who was on the qui vive for any sign of henpecking on the part of his mother, was shocked to see him addicted to carphology, having become so nervous that he disposed of the lint in the coal scuttle next to his fireside bed, with the result that his habit was as clearly manifest as coals spilt on a field of snow. (by pbwoodruff)


When aging Alastair could no longer scuttle about with his characteristic haste, he discharged his nervous energy on the couch instead, deliriously picking lint from his bedclothes, an endeavor well supervised by his wife who, always the henpecker, always on the qui vive for her husband's failings, would sometimes interrupt his carphology to tell him "You missed a spot."   (by Rudi)


Henpecked Mr. Keenan, perennially watchful and on the qui vive for his ferociously tidy wife, despaired to learn that she had hired a professional carphologer to pick the lint, fuzz, and stray hairs from his sweater as he scuttled, low to the ground and with averted eyes, from his study to his workshop. (by cusheamus)


If carphology isn't your bag, Or being henpecked by her, the old slag, Then, being on the qui vive, Scuttle off and just leave Her to tear up the bedclothes mid shag. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Sunday, May 30, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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