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:


Even the bailiff braced when the petite head librarian, a diffident philomath testifying on historical customs of courtroom civility, brashly launched from the stand and body slammed the caitiff thief defendant who had been gibing her with fescennine quips, “plaguily igniting her ire for such a cur,” read the bailiff’s report. (by docephesus)


His fescennine humor led some in the office to deplore Larry a caitiff, while others saluted him as a welcome relief from what they saw as the plaguey and stifling prudery of their workplace, but neither camp knew that crass Larry was in fact a closet philomath, who had only developed his vast repertoire of obscene remarks in preparing a doctoral thesis on coprolalia, a project he had commenced six years earlier as a complete swearing virgin motivated only by an earnest love for learning. (by Rudi)


Don Draper burried his plaguey past as a caitiff deserter but the new persona he created for himself was more fescennine opportunist than exalted philomath. (by Sami)


No Oxbridge philomath worth his top table salt would ever deign to respond to a tirade of coarse abuse from a plaguey tabloid, secure in the knowledge that such fescennine invective could issue only from the caitiff pen of a worthless hack. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Tuesday, February 08, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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