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 rich kid always brought a gimcrack after his dad's trip to Singapore or his uncle's trip to Malaysia: this time it was a pencil-sharpener in the form of an awfully nankeen chick (I wondered if the chick had had too much turmeric), which the class bully managed to quickly appropriate right in the middle of the class, and when the belligerent teacher approached the bully, he (the bully) in his retrograde bumped into one of the girls' desks and fell backwards on one of the girls, and for some reason that was the funniest thing for the rest of us. (by QuaQua)


When my partner saw the nankeen I was carrying through the door, he got all belligerent, slandering me as a “gimcrack whore” and dismissing my beautiful blue-and-white vase as an “Asian porcelain fix,” making me feel that despite the bi-weekly counseling, our relationship was progressing in retrograde. (by Rudi)


The woman had a dismally retrograde fashion sense, wearing some sort of shapeless Soviet-era nankeen smock (the deli mustard color of which did not flatter her sallow complexion), which she had tried unsuccessfully to dress up with a lot of junk and gimcrack jewelry, while both her surname and her truculent expression suggested she was a native of one of those perennially belligerent nations of the central Asian steppes, so all in all she did not make a good first impression and Mr. Bernstein decided a complete makeover was in order if she were ever to come in contact with any of his clients. (by cusheamus)


Nankeen trousers the man-about-town wears aren't gimcrack or gaudy -- but brown ! Carping retrograde squawks from belligerent 'hawks' could involve a severe dressing down... (by Justinnthyme40)


It was only when I asked whether the ticketed 'Nankeen porcelain' might not in fact be inferior late eighteenth-century Dutch Delftware that my local dealer suddenly became belligerent, taking the offensively retrograde step - in what until then had been a happy symbiosis - of showing me the door and saying that he hadn't earned his reputation by selling fairground gimcrack, not even to the likes of me. (by Et Seqq)


The man was so belligerent, haggling over the price of a glittering gimcrack, a table runner cheaply made of nankeen with a shiny print of The King of Pop's likeness, that the vendor stepped retrograde, apparently uneasy with the man's intensity. (by dust)
The Quandary for Tuesday, October 12, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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