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 antihero of this hospital soap opera is Sam Doze, a weary pharmacist who, after thirty years of professional practice and as many years of experimental self-medication, has come to view all white powders (and all quantities thereof) as essentially fungible and, now trapped in posological apathy, cannot summon the strength from his own well-drugged soul, cannot eke the motion out of his own limp, lethargic muscles, to reach for a slightly distant substance – some extra diazepam from the top shelf? a little more fluoxetine from the other room? – to prepare a full dose for a deserving patient, today thinking it just as good to substitute other, nearer ingredients, such as a few scoops of caffeine from the drawer at hip level beside the pharmacy cash register. (by Rudi)


Our lethargic antihero, a shaggy-haired young man whose flower-child parents had saddled him with the unfortunate name Rainbow Starshine, managed to eke out a living as a clerk at the local Blockbuster and moonlight as a bass player in the punk band Pulchritude, despite his true avocation: posology. (by Amalia)


Michael, Ethan, and Ryan, who were all eighteen and viewed themselves as the romantic antiheros of an otherwise suffocatingly bourgeois story, all attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy which they loved calling "PCP" where outsiders could hear them, especially when they could work it into the same sentence as "angel dust" and, for two weeks after their first class in drug dosages (Posology), they called each other "poser!" constantly, absolutely enraptured by their own wit, but by early November they had settled down considerably, mostly because they were getting too little sleep and even eking out a few precious extra minutes in their first class of the day (Toxicology) wasn't making a dent in their lethargy. (by cusheamus)


Synopsis: Woody Allen yet again casts himself as the angst-ridden Jewish antihero, this time taking on the role of senescent drugstore assistant - a garrulously insecure pill vendor who ekes out a precarious living by dispensing under-the-counter nostrums to a once-upon-a-time thirty-something former flame (now temporarily and self-interestedly reunited, for she is reading for a Masters in Posology) who is desperately seeking relief from the spiritual lethargy induced (then and now) by his interminable, insufferable, self-denigrating solipsisms. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Tuesday, October 26, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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