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 talent show judge characterized Candidate #14 euphemistically (but cruelly) as a “special” raconteur, for the candidate never told the story she'd prepared, but stood passively at the back of the stage until the spotlight found her, at which point she began creeping away like a lucifugous beetle. (by Rudi)


An unmitigated raconteur with a passion for elaborate euphemisms, Sean loved to tell of the time he sat passively through an excoriation from his boss before telling the man politely what he should do with the offending report: "sir, I exhort you to intercalate it in your nether lucifugous regions." (by Amalia)


William described Mike to his wife as a "passive raconteur": one only had to look at him - his mournful expression, his unhealthy skin, and the lucifugous way he flinched if ever the bartender turned on an extra light - and the sad stories came flooding into one's mind of their own accord, all of them involving alcohol and various euphemisms for "drunk", from "slightly over-served" to "poleaxed". (by cusheamus)


When the nurse rang me on my mobile, not being employed primarily as a raconteur she intimated only that ma was now 'rather flat' - a medical condition which, when I entered the curtained, lucifugous side ward, turned out to have been a mollycoddling euphemism for - as the chaplain put it - 'passively embracing oblivion'. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Thursday, September 30, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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