Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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Kumar's hair horripilated at the calculated piercing response to his harmless complaint about Kelly's Christmas gift - a book on ontology - "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth," said Mrs. Iyer, adding in the same breath, "had you married Ramya like I asked you to, you would have gotten rare stamps from all over the world - she is into philately you know, not philosophy like Kelly is." (by QuaQua)


Your letter pleased me greatly, Angela, and I'm delighted that you wish to reconnect with your old philosophy prof., but I'm not fit for this correspondence: I stopped questioning the nature of existence around this time last year, not only because the devilish intricacies of the problem were causing my skin to horripilate with increasing elevation each semester, but also because I felt in the endeavor a certain sort of ingratitude (I didn't want to derogate Being by over-examining it—as they say, “don't look a gift horse in the mouth”), so I turned my attention to postage stamps, or back to them—collecting was my childhood hobby—and what a satisfying field of inquiry (How much does postage cost? Why, forty-four cents! What does it really mean to mail something? Any postman can tell you!), a field in which definite answers are attainable, a collector's progress is additive, there are no existential goosebumps to be had, the reading is light... and so Angela, that is why I've given up ontology for philately. (by Rudi)  1 comment


'You seem to know your first day covers,' said Stanley Gibbons, 'so the job's yours if you can only tell me the meaning of existence' - at which Cuthbert horripilated horribly, every follicle afizz, for ontology had always left him cold and, although he certainly didn't want to look a philatelic gift horse in the mouth, he remained mute, being wholly unprepared to formulate a theory of being. (by Et Seqq)


Andrew Jerome had never understood the lure of philately - his attitude toward postage stamps was purely utilitarian - but, not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, he did not refuse his Uncle Ralph's gift of the two hundred stamp albums which, when he finally looked through them after his uncle's death, turned out not only to beg the ontological question, "Into what categories, if any, can we sort existing things?", but also to demonstrate that his late uncle's manifestly insane system of ordering his collection made the hair on Andrew's arms stand up and gave him goosebumps, a horripilation he had heretofore imagined confined to cats. (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Friday, December 17, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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