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:


Mr. Featherstonehaugh prided himself on his individual style, which he expressed through a bespoke wardrobe—even his “John Lennon” glasses were specially fabricated in more ovoid shape than the rock star would have preferred—but when Mr. F decided that his vocabulary too should be custom fashioned, the increasing sesquipedality of his speech made it difficult for him to communicate with opticians, hatters, and tailors, let alone his rectrix of a wife, who finally commanded him to stop using words of more than four syllables at the dinner table or anywhere else. (by Rudi)


To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the mop-haired Liverpudlian's assassination Ms Eleanor McKenzie had found an optician to fit her up with a bespoke pair of John Lennon glasses, through which she became almost imperceptibly transmogrified into a drab rectrix in thrall to a parish of old and lonely people, a gated academic community of self-confessed 'superannuated logophilic valetudinarians' whose sick-unto-death quasi-Anglican souls (every one a die-hard conservative antidisestablishmentarianist) yearned to forswear, but frankly could hardly ever resist, the voluptuous temptations of sesquipedalian verbalization. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Wednesday, December 08, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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