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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In Chapter Two of The Education of a Hobbledehoy, our hero, a high school sophomore, learns to accept the flippant dismissals of young ladies who scoff at his awkward earnestness; in Chapter Three, now a junior, he learns to haggle with prostitutes; in Chapter Four, finally a senior, he is asked to read Walden in English class and, instead of completing the required essay response, he announces that he'll retreat to the wooded solace of a nearby boscage to “live deliberately, to suck marrow from leaves or something.” (by Rudi)


She was hiding in the boscage at the edge of the playing field, waiting for the one boy who stood out among the hobbledehoys in her grade, bright-eyed Dominic, the one who, though always flippant with the teachers, never haggled over the price of a blow-job, but simply gave her more than she asked, every time. (by roch)


Kids these days have no sense for the fine art of haggling -- it seems like almost every day I'm confronted by another hobbledehoy with no appreciation of the value of premium boscage who thinks a flippant low-ball offer will get him a cheap Christmas tree. (by Eli)


Her sisters' girls were all grown up and graceful, but Anne was still such a hobbledehoy, thought the countess querulously, as she watched her daughter in the distance, struggling cheerfully through the boscage at the edge of the meadow - leaves and twigs catching in her hair and clothes, rents in her stockings - and looked forward irritably to haggling with her over changing her clothes for tea with Great Aunt Catherine and having to listen to her flippant and disrespectful comments about Uncle Andrew's toupee collection. (by cusheamus)


As I haggled for the best price on junipers at my local Walmart garden center, I was accosted by flippant hobbledehoys who cried out "bring us a shrubbery! Nih!" from among the boscage. (by Amalia)


Should an uncouth, unwashed hobbledehoy and his mates boozily accost you in the boscage, do not seek to haggle over parting with your slender wallet, nor engage nervously in flippant banter, but merely do their bidding, and look to avoid the sylvan detour in future. (by Et Seqq)


In a boscage, while haggling some wood, a hobbledehoy wished that he could be flippant and clever yet feared that for ever he'd be awkward and misunderstood. (by Justinnthyme40)


Shayana sat on a bench in sunshine and enjoyed the lovely atmosphere of the park, with children playing everywhere, and dogs and laughter, and thought how lovely summer is, then as a sound attracted her attention, a sound one hears when something is uprooted, she turned her eyes towards the source of sound and noticed a juniper boscage with weeds growing up through it, and she thought them to look like wild clowns, the way hobbledehoys, giving flippant answers to subtle questions, look among those blessed with eloquence, and smiled, and then she noticed the Dollar weed in front of them looking as if trying to spread through the bright, green blades of St. Augustine grass, and looking at them it seemed to her that they were haggling with the new gardener, without any success though, as one by one he was uprooting them. (by antoniadeldebbio)
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