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:


The employees assembled on the factory floor had comported themselves with dignity and restraint through the CEO's long-winded pep talk, through the ramblings of the chief accountant, and through the endless periphrases of the VP in charge of compliance, but when the representative from the marketing division got up and commenced a twenty minute meander through the fine points of brand equity, they turned surly, and by the time the company's general counsel took the stage, there were farouche mutterings from the corners about the feasibility of just burking the union representative who had invited them and gently tipping the body into the tailings pit when no one was looking. (by cusheamus)


He comports himself at work with studied diffidence, letting others believe he is farouche by nature, only so he can more easily burke his colleagues' inquiries into his other life; and when courtesy demands he respond to a greeting with more more words than his typical few, he satisfies the obligation with empty periphrasis on the theme of "I'm fine, nothing's new." (by Rudi)


Bill Burke would eschew les bonnes bouches (they spoiled his comportment as 'louche'); he was not periphrastic... of few words, not bombastic... in the end, highly strung -- not farouche! (by Justinnthyme40)


The once sociable, louche macaroni, now a desiccated, farouche misanthropist, alighting unsteadily and all alone from a creaking barouche, and neglecting to comport himself with any show of perfunctory politesse or decorum, in a brusquely dismissive sweep of a gnarled hand burked every periphrastic solicitation as to his precarious state of health, wearying of such circumlocutory importuning, behind which he detected the idée fixe, the insistent ostinato: 'and why aren't you dead yet?' (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Thursday, December 09, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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