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:


"Something that feels like a mawk," said the security person to his supervisor, after touching my junk, whereupon I launched into an understandably vociferous tirade, but was asked to stop piffling, collect my scurf that was scattered by the backscatter and put it in a 3-ounce bag. (by QuaQua)


That piffling fool said he'd marry a princess—dawn to dusk he did vociferate about his royal prospects—serves him right he got hitched to a scurfy mawk, who doesn't deign wash hair, laundry, dishes—not her own, not his—and those trails of dandruff she leaves around the palace, guess who she put in charge of sweeping them? (by Rudi)


Dan Drough hated the scurf on his collar... made him squall a vociferous holler; for mere piffling whiffling gave him riffling sniffling and the senses of raw mawkish squalor. (by Justinnthyme40)


Mrs. Stanley has a strange mawkish odor, like the smell of a jack-o-lantern a couple of days after Hallowe'en, a sort of cold burnt raw pumpkin smell, plus she talks constantly on the phone, the most awful piffle about things she's found at the dollar store, and she wears only black clothes which means, she being seventy and dry of skin and scalp, a dusting of scurf covers her like December's first light snow, but her beau, an elderly paranoid schizophrenic who douses all his correspondence (including utility bills) with Lysol Basin Tub And Tile Cleaner objects very vociferously to Billy Bob's trying to fire her and, fearing that the step from vociferous to armed-and-dangerous is only a small one in this case, Billy Bob relents. (by cusheamus)


Far from vociferating against the obscenities of war, the vicar - an incontinent lachrymist with a scurf of yesterday's damp confetti still bespawling his shoulders - indulged in mawkish piffle at the soldier's graveside. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Saturday, December 04, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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