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:


Suddenly realizing her funny routine about politicians could be seen as a philippic against the President, who was seated no more than 10 feet from her, the comedian quickly interposed her own material with current affairs, talking about the nidifugous turtles of the Gulf Coast that hurry from fatty eggs to an oily grave, and about the irony in the goading of a rich financial industry by an indebted government, none of which made the President feel any better, not to mention, NOT FUNNY. (by QuaQua)


Although belonging to a nidifugous species, the young coot could not be goaded out of her nest into the oil-fouled water, now that the sand bags interposed between the spill and the nesting area had failed and the president was reduced to phillipics against Big Oil, no more effective than Demosthenes' famous orations were against the tide of Macedonian soldiers that swept over Greece. (by pbwoodruff)


Young Jeremy was a nidifugous fledgling, all too ready to interpose many miles between the family nest and his quest for self-sufficiency; although he had to admit that dad's daily philippic against his habitual sloth had served as a useful, if bitterly resented, goad. (by Et Seqq)


Nidifugous Elliott needed no goading to leave home -- he was ready for independence by age seven -- but once he had run away, now free from adults' interpositions in his daily routine, his pioneering independence gave way to nostalgia for his parents' comfortingly regular philippics against chewing gum and TV. (by Rudi)


Ignoring the philippic of his nest mates, furious as they were at his prodigal return after his nidifugous peregrination (started upon while still wet from his egg), the young raptor interposed himself between open mouths, shoving siblings aside, and goaded both mother and chicks to provide him an uninterrupted feast. (by chimchim)


Mark Twain might comment that the trouble with some people is that once goaded by a philippic, they flee like nidifugous hatchlings from compliment and philippic alike, and let that habit interpose a shield between perceived comfort and imagined distress. (by Grayce)


While the gaggle of grown-ups were gabbing in the garden, Noreen’s nidifugous nine-year-old nephew stepped boldly down from his “house” in the tree, interposed himself into group and conversation, and began a forceful philippic against tyranny in all forms but especially that “most odious form of control known as bedtime;” all sat stunned until a particularly vitriolic and colorful phrase goaded the child’s mother out of her stupor and into the center of the circle, where she grabbed his arm, smacked him on the bottom, and pulled him away to bed. (by Vanessa)


Sean McGuinness, age 15, eldest of five, and currently stuffing clothing into a backpack preparatory to running away from his embarrassing parents and their unimaginative bourgeois attitudes, would turn out to be laying the groundwork for equally nidifugous siblings who, goaded in their turn by the same disgusting circumstances into delivering what their mother came to call "the condemnation oration" (and their father "another damn philippic"), invariably followed up by leaving home in a huff, despite their mother's halfhearted attempt to interpose herself between them and the door while hiding her disappointed certainty that they'd be back in a week to ten days. (by cusheamus)


It was the critic's philippic against my writing that ultimately goaded me on this nidifugous journey of interposing four random words in one coherent sentence! (by agnibarathi)
The Quandary for Wednesday, June 02, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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