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:


We are lucky that our esteemed architect did not reject this project--the design of a suburban shopping mall--as infra dig; instead, he has given us a pioneering bursiform edifice (that's right, shaped just like a shopper's handbag), he has filled his "Purse" with futuristic gizmos designed to tittilate shoppers, and he has boldly reconceived the traditional epigraph as a two-story concrete shopping list that appears to be slipping out of the open zipper at the top of the structure.  (by Rudi)


'Horace, sweetie, pass me that there whadyacallit, that pointy little gizmo,' said Percy Bysshe, 'yes, the inky thingy . . . in my pendulous bursiform leather vade mecum' he continued, curiously no longer quite so lost for words; and then, while thrusting a hand into the dark interstices of his manly manbag, he piped up enthusiastically: 'Of a sudden I've come over all epigraphic, don't you know, and if you think it's not too, too infra dig to be looking again to sell something I absolutely must jot down a poem, perhaps inspired by some far-flung reportage about a fallen statue, and perhaps under the working title "On A Stupendous Leg of Granite, Discovered Standing by Itself in the Deserts of Egypt, with the Inscription Inserted Below" - that is, unless you want to have a shot at it first.' (by Et Seqq)


I would like for the epigraph on my tombstone to read: He was not one of the waddle-gated, bursiform techno addicts that roamed the urban canyons of the 21st century twittering one another with sausage fingers the slurs and infra dig about the latest scandal, but rather a simple fellow who remembered the power of "Hello". (by Toortle)


Seeing that his audience consisted entirely of plump, bursiform merchants whose timid greed and lack of imagination restricted their ability to see anything clearly except the latest technological gizmos, Sebastian took a last disdainful look at their pudding faces and the oh-so-infra dig bagels and instant coffee on the formica-topped table and excused himself gracefully, observing epigraphically as he left the conference room, "Up the airy mountain, down the rushy glen, we daren't go a-hunting, for fear of little men." (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Wednesday, July 07, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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