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:


Dad rudely interrupted the chief guest as she was just beginning to sink her teeth into the pebble pagoda (although she wasn't impressed with my sand semolina or my sister's cement soup), and she had to walk right out of our elaborate Barmecidal dinner back to assisting the masons in my dad's construction site, as dad continued his contumely humiliating her, which helped me understand why the workers oftentimes joked about my dad's phylogeny. (by QuaQua)


A professedly committed philogynist, but with a by now wavering devotion to his unresponsive plain Jane, he oftentimes fuelled his libido and risked incurring her naked contumely by closely inspecting her minuscule breasts through a Barmecidal kaleidoscope that yielded a psychedelic vision of an Artemis whose mammary profusions might suckle a battalion. (by Et Seqq)


"Contumely recapitulates philogyny," intoned Prof. Palgreave, as he strummed his protruding ribs, the outcome of the Barmecidal but oftentimes utterly non-nutritive repasts served at the St Quaggin's College high table. (by Quacking Quagga)


For the true phylogynist, this keg party would have been a disappointment -- utterly Barmecidal -- there were no women around, only a lot of discourse about them, oftentimes crass and contumelious. (by Rudi)


Sir Joseph’s utter lack of philogyny was never so apparent as in the contumely he oftentimes evinced at the servant wenches’ rebuking of his lecherous advances; they knew full well that his ostentatious clothing and jewelry were merely Barmecidal, his family’s wealth having long since been squandered as a result of his poor judgement and uneven temper, and they had nothing material to gain from succumbing to his grubby pawing. (by luigi)


Ivan Barma was one of the architects of St. Basil's Cathedral and supposedly blinded by Ivan the Terrible (so that he would be unable to create anything else as beautiful), but that's probably a rare instance of unjustified contumely against the 16th century tyrant - who was oftentimes exactly that monstrously cruel - since Barma did design other things after St. Basil's, including the lovely blue and white Cathedral of the Assumption in Kazan where the Eastern Church's restful philogyny was manifest in the many icons of Our Lady adorning its interior walls, which actually has nothing to do with my original point: namely, that it is impossible for an half-educated Westerner to look at the word "Barmecide" and be able to imagine it means anything other than "the killing of Barma". (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Monday, July 19, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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