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:


Sitting in the lounge of the Star Hotel in Auchterarder, Dr. Graham was attempting to record Mr. Hendrie's account of sheep herding in the Ochil Hills, having succeeded in relaxing the usually dour old man by means of a large glass of whiskey, but his hope of thus capturing the Highland demotic speech was increasingly vitiated by the ineluctable waning of the batteries in the tape recorder and a loud conversation that had just begun across the room. (by cusheamus)


Dourly as a captain, who glares at his crew, warning them that one man's temporary lapse of attention might vitiate the efforts of all the others, bringing the ship to rocky waters and the voyage to an ineluctable end, so dourly did the father admonish his children against the demotic distractions of television and text messaging, urging them to keep the vessel of erudition afloat through a careful and focused study of the Homeric simile. (by Rudi)


With ineluctable discipline and in dour silence the Latin master meted out to each new boy an austere caning for having vitiated their first roll call by responding with a loutishly demotic 'Here, sir' instead of with the requisite 'Adsum'. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Monday, November 08, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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