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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Once the bleary-eyed laborer had deciphered the palimpsest of simian scratchings before him—now that he could recognize the author's letterforms as such—he saw that his effort had unlocked a horror house of heterography, a den of foul and cancerous (mis)spellings, and as he contemplated these ghastly chambers of orthographic aberration, his facial stiffness gave way to slow mussitation, after which silent lip motions gained proper backing from an activated throat, the resonation growing steadily from moan to gowl to Munchian scream, its eventual force prompting Ms. Francine Philips three offices down the hall in Manuscript Acquisitions to interrupt the narration of her weekend pedicure and hot stone massage to let her elder sister on the phone in San Diego know that the background noise was no matter, just another copyeditor run amok. (by Rudi)


You can mussitate foul -- making fowl; heterographically ghoul can't be gowl... When a sound is amok then a Sound is a mock, and can bowel bowl coal into cowl ? (by Justinnthyme40)


So, oh my god, when Mr. Jesperson saw my spelling test, he kind of ran amok, you know, like screaming and gowling and he threw a book at Joanie, which I don't know why he did that, except she was, like, praying or something, I mean, not out loud, but her eyes were closed and her lips were moving and she had her hands, you know, pressed together, so he like yelled at her, "Stop your stupid mussitating!" and threw some book which just hit the pencil sharpener not Joanie and then Security came and he was shouting at them about me being heterographical which what is that? like being heterosexual only with graphs? but I mean he is SO gay, so I guess it bothers him but I don't understand what it has to do with spelling! (by cusheamus)


Dear Mrs Lee-Canthrupp, you may recall that, in his last school report, I wrote that during the end of term spelling bee Wolfie's distressingly vociferous heterographic blunders, intermitted by rank-breathed, slobbering mussitation (far from noiseless, I fear!), might just have indicated a mild form of Tourette's dyslexia; but today after morning prayers I witnessed him bare his teeth, gowl ferociously up at a fluorescent light fixture, upend his desk with remarkable hairy-handed strength, and then run amok through the girls' choir practice - which all leads me to revise my earlier supposition and to ask whether you have ever considered that Wolfie might benefit from medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Saturday, October 02, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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