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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I got indigestion at some point while I was listening to Frank talk about his dyspepsia but I can't recall whether the upset began during Frank's seemingly interminable description of his symptoms or his belch-punctuated discursion concerning the many prophylactic desiderata which no over-the-counter stomach remedy had yet been able to meet. (by Rudi)


Dyspeptic from grading the first essays of the new class, the art professor churlishly deflected students’ hallway questions and earwigging, grumbling how she was about to harshly illustrate their essays' interminable bloat - "Ekphrasis - comments on commenting! Obnubilation - obscurity! Pleonasms - redundancy! Periphrasis - excess words! Sesquipedality - excess long words! Discursion – digression! Know these terms cold!" – but maternally began her lecture with “Our faculty’s desideratum is to serve you a quality education in a friendly approachable manner….”. (by docephesus)


Being of a naturally dyspeptic disposition - Eeyore-ish, we used to call her when we were children - it wasn't much of a stretch for her to tip right over the edge into despair when it seemed as though we had all forgotten her birthday, stating flatly that she found life interminable and unbearable, and insisting that her only desideratum was to depart this vale of tears, wailing in her mother tongue, "As-sanawatu tawilatun!" ("the years are long!"), which had the effect of distracting her enough that she was prompted to embark on a long discursion through the injustices inherent in Arabic grammar, particularly the sexism in some uses of the feminine singular. (by cusheamus)


Mr. Eugene Tomlinson, a Bay City, Michigan, factory worker and a dedicated fan, albeit a sententious and dyspeptic one, of hometown diva Madonna, was heard grumbling one day: "A true material girl inevitably finds herself engulfed by the interminable pursuit of her own futile desiderata, and, if I may insert my own protectionist discursion here, it is unfortunate that these happen to be mostly made in China." (by Sami)


Dear Professor Mugwump, I do feel that my natural inclination to write disjointedly is in danger of being thwarted by your interminable injunctions to eschew discursion (rather a commonplace desideratum, might I suggest) - which reminds me of that excursion I took with the Brass Band to Cleethorpes, I think it was, do you know Cleethorpes by any chance? . . . such lovely ice creams! - and your constant ill-tempered quibblings (brought on by dyspepsia maybe? . . . I can recommend a very effective holistic, homeopathic nostrum) only serve to hinder my, that is, to interrupt the - but I digress, you were asking me to defend some aspects of my paper on collage techniques in Naked Lunch, as I seem to recall. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Monday, February 07, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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