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:

5

The Terpsichore family had a totemic sculpture of a Degas-style ballerina on their front lawn (carved from the bole of an oak by an enormous man cavalierly wielding a six-foot Stiehl chainsaw with one hand while using the other to turn up the volume on his iPod), which was a magnet for passers-by, who could be seen in groups on the sidewalk expostulating variously on public sculpture, dance, arboriculture, and aesthetics, along with an occasional stand-offish phobosophist whose fear of abstract thinking had been exacerbated by overhearing discussion of the nature of beauty. (by cusheamus)

4

The cavalier phobosophy expostulated by the Christian Right in America is symptomatic of a totemic atavism that hates rationality because it leads to modernity, and modernity because it leads to rationality. (by royscranton)

3

He surrounds himself with books, totems of academe, and yet when one expostulates with Arthur about the contents therein, his cavalier dismissal of unfamiliar ideas reveals that he is more phobosopher than philosopher. (by Rudi)

2

It was in the final flashing second of his life that Terran's cavalier attitude toward his paternal totemic tradition of self-sacrifice finally winnowed, and as he rushed into the flames his familial firefighter's phobosophy, which could theretofore not be expostulated, took over. (by jmmasterson)

1

Holding the Cambridge Classics Tripos in cavalier disregard, and regarding his starred First as of scant totemic value, the new Education Secretary's recent expostulation on the worthlessness of the humanities came as no surprise, and has seen a welcome burgeoning of phobosophical degree courses in those regions where artisans are in short supply. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Friday, January 21, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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