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:


The sleepless dialectologist jactated in bed, fretting over the imagined onset of aphasia – for him, the epitome of horror – an inability to process speech let alone guess a speaker's hometown. (by Rudi)


Dialectologists know you're from Leeds, musicologists fret about reeds; but jactation's epitome is when -- oh dear, pity me! -- proctologists do heinous deeds. (by Justinnthyme40)


Increasingly fretful jactation overtook the Yorkshire dialectologist and black pudding thrower as, thrashing about in front of the TV, he strove desperately to identify the shrill strangulated patois of the Queen's Christmas Day Message, at last defining it as the epitome of PORSCH - Pronunciation Only Rich Southerners Champion, Happen. (by Et Seqq)


The sonnets of Guido Cavalcanti, perhaps called Tuscan in a jactation of a dialectologist, she set to music to resonate with her lute, with the softness of her voice painting a landscape “fashioned out in ways of gentleness”, with her almost fretting fingers pressing the strings against the fret, pressing all tones to rise in pitch, to reach the picks, an epitome of loftiness vibrating toward Orazio Gentileschi's young lutenist, placed on an easel in front of her, intently listening. (by antoniadeldebbio)
The Quandary for Sunday, September 19, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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