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:


When the Society for the Oral Recitation of Morse Code held what was to be its antepenultimate session, focusing on “Codified Narrations of the Hero's Gest,” I knew the Society's own story would come to an end within the next two meetings, for already participants had begun sliding a slippery slope, abandoning the pure code in favor of a creolized version, in which the code's traditionally nasal blips and bleeps were loosely intermixed with foreign, throaty, guttural sounds. (by Rudi)


"The saga of how Hamlet came to be translated into Klingon must be a gest in itself," Margaret thought to herself as the antepenultimate scene unfolded in all its guttural glory, "but I wonder who thought that such a thoroughgoing creolization of Elizabethan and Trekkie motifs was such a good idea; Laertes, rather than poisoning a sword, appears to be setting his phaser on something other than 'stun.'" (by Amalia)


The grandchildren swarming him again, octogenarian Grampa “Duke” - polyglot and once famous teenage savant codebreaker in the Great Conflict - baritoned his memorable geste in a personal lingua franca (when tired, more of a guttural creole) the next word set: the kids had 15 seconds to decipher by “proparoxytone parsing”, which was, he intoned, stressing the antepenultimate syllable, the weapons used in the POW escape – “conspiracy, chivalry, (Lt.) Gunderson, sordidly and bombardier;” and he teared when they cheered as he bestowed upon all sticky gold stars. (by docephesus)


'With that,' said the phonologist to a near empty room, as his antepenultimate auditor sidled out, 'we complete our prolegomena on the creolisation of the boreal gutteral with the austral dulcet, and trust that this mini gest, but a preliminary foray, into the romance of the fused word, has whetted your appetite for my upcoming series of lectures'. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Thursday, January 13, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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