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:


Beware, the unchecked habit of splicing contiguous words may result in a welter of germano-Gongorist hippopotomonstroneologisms, discombobulating to the nth degree! (by Rudi)


In the storm, as she started to welter, A Gongorist answer they dealt her: She was’nt the tenth, But for sure was the Nth, In the line for contiguous shelter. (by QuaQua)


The fantastical new church, the quintessence of bad taste by any classical standard, was unfortunately contiguous to the ruins of a spare, elegant early medieval abbey, the closeness of the two structures exaggerating the church's architectural Gongorism to the nth degree and forcing the visitor to see it as a welter of obscurity, extravagance, over-refinement, and a complete violation of the accepted principles of architecture and even logic. (by cusheamus)


Weltering in a Sargasso Sea of my own gyring Gongorism (mea maxima culpa), I despair of ever ventilating lucid, contiguous thought, floundering - whene'er I attempt utterance - in a morass of mixed metaphor overburdened to the nth degree by the impedimenta of rhetorical excess. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Sunday, December 19, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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