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:


Mrs. Palin, seeing that her rough and ready persona wasn't working well with the electorate, underwent a personal palingenesis and acted more sophisticated, trading in the lumpy down parkas for svelte business suits and the folksy patter for what she hoped were grave and sententious utterances about international affairs, but unfortunately she ended up in the ecotone between homesteader and cosmopolitan, losing the latter and failing to gain the former. (by cusheamus)


After pondering the sententious musings of her diet guru for some months, Emelda readied herself to undergo a personal palingenesis in which, this time, she would finally be born svelte, and according to Dr. Slim's tummy tightening tenets, the first step was to divide the kitchen into a lipophobic side (for her) and a lipophilic side (for her husband), with completely separate storage areas, utensils, and cookbooks, and nothing crossing the border except one small table, the ecotone where she could dine occasionally with the Mr. (by Rudi)


The uproar raised against the svelte former governor's proposed TV show on the wild ecotones of Alaska, though more sentimental than sententious, marked a resurgence, indeed one might say a palingenesis, of America's environmental consciousness. (by Amalia)


A successful palingenesis of the run-down inner city had been achieved - in the sententious oratory of the spokesperson for Spiritual Enrichment & Structural Regeneration - 'as much through recognition and celebration of our glorious ethnic diversity as through mere bricks and mortar', at which point she declared the ecotonal 'Plaza Central' open, whereupon troupes of svelte maidens and youths of every hue flowed in from all sides to commingle in a well-rehearsed frolic. (by Et Seqq)


"Unless we care for the ecotone along the intertidal zone while it thrives," said the new oceanology professor to the first-year class as she pointed at graphs with the undeniable svelteness of a veritable ballerina, "sand crabs won't take long to die -- and I don't think we'll live long enough to see their palingenesis;" and as her oftentimes garrulous, crustacean-loving female entourage was struck dumb as the sententious piece of information sank in, one could almost hear the sighs of the enamored, pining freshmen. (by Guizo)
The Quandary for Thursday, December 02, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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