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:


As her name suggests, Thumbelina was clearly a hobthrush; she could have easily dismissed herself as a reprobate in a world where everyone seemed a giant to her; however, the gasconade with which she faced her scary prospects enthralled those around her, especially the flower-fairy prince. (by QuaQua)


Enthralled by his own apparent erudition, the professor lectured in gasconade—a mixture of gratuitous quotations and self-congratulatory remarks—and if anyone questioned his assertions, he would thrash the reprobate with Emerson's immortal dis, slightly modified: “Accuracy is the hobthrush of little minds!” (by Rudi)


'If it amuses you, you may indeed designate me the bogeyman,' replied the hobthrush a mite testily, 'but mere appellation aside . . . while you may lounge there in your cups and slur out the unresearched presumption that I am but a paltry gasconader incapable of tearing out your reprobate heart, I can assure you that the sight of the damned shrieking their last has always enthralled me; so come on and brace yourself.' (by Et Seqq)


He was such a complete unrepentant reprobate that we all assumed at first that his boasting about prevailing against the goblins was just more of his lies and gasconade, until he showed us the enormous ear he had torn from a hobthrush and enthralled us with the details of his foray into the burial mound in search of treasure and what he found instead. (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Saturday, June 26, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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