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:


If your compadre starts acting up the couvade, complaining loudly about his morning sickness while rejecting petulantly the pretty frock you thoughtfully bought for him, then it's high time you established which of you in this civil partnership actually wears the trousers; and if you find an outright confrontation too offensively prosaic, too unromantically antipoetic, has it not even once occurred to you that he (the bitch!) may be actively counterplotting against your own less subtle machinations to typecast him as the submissive partner? (by Et Seqq)


He was a plump dentist and his bright yellow Hummer (which he bought on sale, was easy to find in mall parking lots, and accommodated his six children comfortably) made the family a laughingstock on account of its being so out of sync with a Hummer's antipoetic image - that it could only be driven by a large, earthy loner, of desperate significance, navigating with his muscular compadres around IEDs on Highway 11 from Baghdad to Fallujah - so after some months of plotting and counterplotting by family members, he was persuaded to trade it in for a brand new, maraschino red Ford Couvade. (by cusheamus)


In a radical counterplot against his pregnant wife's plan to raise a child who would appreciate and respect the strictures of formal verse, the Distinguished Professor of Subversion Studies only pretended to be on a couvade (reading well-formed sonnets to a doll stuffed under his shirt, representing his daughter's fetus), meanwhile enlisting his compadres from the Department to be present at the actual birth, where they would recite works by antipoets such as Nicanor Parra, blissfully devoid of rhyme, meter, and convention. (by Rudi)
The Quandary for Sunday, June 20, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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