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:


Onomancy, I fancy, is chancy in predicting life's 'top-notch' for Nancy; these inchoate notions -- raise nether emotions ? Well, you may as well trust cleromancy ! (by Justinnthyme40)


Mr. Donaldson, online dating enthusiast and recent divorcé, was sure that his new screename, Hung, would convince potential companions that his nether endowments stood several notches above the competition, and yet the absence of profile enquiries gave him an inchoate sense that he misunderstood something about the community he had joined; only after months of alienation and ostracism would he learn that fellow members of the Diviner Matches site were ignoring the meaning of his chosen name and instead analyzing the letters according to the unforgivingly reductionist principles of onomancy. (by Rudi)


From your name, using onomancy, They may claim many summits you'll see-- But to fall down a notch To the nether and botch Your inchoate hike always you’re free. (by QuaQua)


There's an online onomancy generator where you enter a name and, in a way I do not understand, it generates "a word that gives oneself the major impact" ( I suspect inchoate translation from the Japanese), and I was definitely enjoying this frolic in the nethermost regions of the already subterranean domain of divination, right up until I entered "cusheamus", which generated "annoying", thereby ratcheting down my cheery mood several notches and causing me to wonder guiltily whether this was part of a scheme by the moderator to chastise me for disobeying the Guidelines. (by cusheamus)


In the White Mountains of New Hampshire, we Appalachian Trail hikers devised a system of onomancy based on the names of peaks (the more popular the mountain's namesake, the higher number of tourist visits and thus the less sadistic the approach trail out of the intervening notch), but the system broke down somewhere on the nether reaches of Wildcat Mountain, where the inchoate map showed an ambiguous series of peaks labeled merely A, B, C, D, and E, one of which (D, I believe) had both a near-vertical approach trail and, due to a gondola, hordes of unexpected tourists. (by Amalia)


Any accession to such arcanely addlebrained pastimes as tasseomancy, rhabdomancy, lecanomancy and necromancy can only lower a person a notch in the estimation of rational sceptics such as myself, so I really had to bite my nether lip when up she comes with the inchoate, hare-brained notion of naming our firstborn Charity, apparently having faith that, as an impressively loony onomancer and acrophonologist, great-aunt Stingebag would sooner or later divine our daughter's nominal pressing need, and shell out bigtime . . . some hope, eh! (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Wednesday, October 27, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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