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:


Exhortations of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew notwithstanding, Elmer had a mind to call his shiftless brother 'raca' and maybe a few other things like 'good-for-nothing, 'no-account', and 'worthless piece of white trash', and if Elmer had known what 'debacle' meant, he would have added that, too, to describe the ruination of all his plans to start a pulpwood business, because it was too late to do anything but name-calling, too late to do anything but rue the hour he had asked Billy, in the throes of some sort of self-destructive, masochistic impulse, to get their savings out of the bank, knowing that he'd have to pass by the casino on his way home. (by cusheamus)


If it is masochism to cause a debacle in your marriage by flinging scriptural insults at your spouse (calling he or she who fails to do laundry "raca" or worthless) and thereby incurring reciprocal insults, it also is masochism to rue that debacle idly, and thereby suffer the pain of festering regret instead of correcting the situation promptly (assuring your spouse that, in fact, he or she is not raca but rather exhalted and most blessed no matter that the laundry stinks). (by Rudi)


My friend Sue’s so raca she’s with Lou Who for weeks goes on holding his poo; Soon debacles ensue Still she never does rue -- That's because she’s a masochist too. (by QuaQua)


Denied a precious son, you will surely not rue the day that you named your unwanted daughter 'Raca', for however much of a debacle her appointed empty life may prove to be as the very null of the kibbutz, her aching misery will for ever nourish your masochistic cravings. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Saturday, September 11, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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