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:


With a meretricious smile the besotted nief bowed his head, hiccuped once and shuffled aside, serving only to stoke the passing lord's inchoate rage at such outright casuistry. (by captainthunderbeard)


He was a neif who rose beyond all expectation by pandering with meretricious casuistry to the inchoate narcissism of the nouveau riche. (by gumo420)


By a form of sartorial casuistry her inchoate mind assured itself that a nief or neif (she never could decide, was it i before e or e before i?) such as herself - a virtual peon born and bred - might achieve social advancement only in direct proportion to the meretricious glitz of her impedimenta of jumbo baubles. (by Et Seqq)


In tilling my still-inchoate sentence, I toiled like a nief -- a slave of style guides that preached the stern gospel of simplicity and directness -- but in the end I reached for a few flashy, ornamental, even meretricious words, excusing my sin with the casuistry that all synonyms deserve equal opportunity. (by Rudi)


Deftly employing (with the ease of long practice) rationalization, casuistry, and a soupcon of wishful thinking to justify her meretricious behavior to herself, Heidi smiled hypocritically at the Latino nieves clustered on the street corner and made a vague, general offer of construction work on an inchoate project at an unspecified location, in order to lure them into the pick-up truck and drive them straight to the US Border Patrol HQ. (by cusheamus)


The judge wrote in his meretricious statement: "Mr. Craig's excuse that a nief in the restroom stall coerced him is dismissible as casuistry, as further investigation into his inchoate explanation has revealed that the nief is not the restroom attendee but Mr. Craig's own fist." (by QuaQua)
The Quandary for Friday, July 30, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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