Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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The milquetoast's bravado was further macerated when his announcement "that 'Master Flower Arrangers of the Late 20th Century' could be found at the liberry" was sternly and orthoepically corrected in front of the class, giving the cafeteria crowd much to kibitz about that afternoon. (by agbrs)


Although the scholar conceived himself as an authority on English orthoepy, he was too much of a milquetoast to correct an offending speaker in action, and so he would kibitz with the unstudied elocutionist, appearing to tolerate this person's sorry diction, seeming to macerate in their unclear speech, his own convictions seeming to soften as he absorbed the violator's very wrongness--but on occasion, he would erupt, slandering the vice of mispronunciation itself, cursing the very phenomenon of poor enunciation in a stream of swear words whose proper vocalization he had earlier researched and practiced. (by Rudi)


By now, Alf looked like a giant pale raisin because he had been macerating in the bathtub for hours, contemplating eternal verities and wondering whether he should accede to the mostly unsolicited advice of the Sociology Department kibitzers and thereby risk seeming like a milquetoast to several professors he admired, or continue to make a spectacle of himself in the classroom defending orthoepy against the Twitter and Facebook forces of linguistic barbarism. (by cusheamus)


I thought the students in my new class on orthoepy would have skipped class and macerated in kibitz instead, but one milquetoast turned up. (by Rajan)
The Quandary for Thursday, August 26, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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