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

From my six years old vantage, the doorbell’s hailing of my voluble zaftig aunt was not just a harbinger of the day’s evacuation of fun, nor the first act in a pasticcio of offensive voices (hers) and bodily sounds (mine), namely, grunts from bear hugs into hypoxic buxomness, ear-piercing smacks from bussing, the abasing "thonk, thonk" from rough pats on the head and thwacks on the back – but, worst, it resurrected her overspent dubious palilogy of “I love you to death, death, death!” as my day’s “peine de mort.” (by docephesus)

4

"I Love You to Death", an entertaining pasticcio of comedy, crime, and music (with Tracey Ullman, Joan Plowright, River Phoenix, William Hurt, and Keanu Reeves as the bumbling harbingers of death and Kevin Kline as their oblivious target) reminds us of Herrick's lines: "Kissing and bussing differ both in this:/We buss our wantons, but our wives we kiss". (by cusheamus)

3

Although Sprechgesang was already done to death in pasty old 'Pierrot Lunaire', here comes along another wispy talent that now vaunts itself as a harbinger of post-neo-Expressionismus with this despairingly unfulfilled song-cycle 'Ich Liebe Mich, Mwah, Mwah' - a pasticcio of anguished beatbox, strangulated bel canto, atonal, arrhythmic crooning, and paroxysms of closely scripted scat, occasionally interspersed by improvised mirror canons of simulated retching (or was it echt bussing?) towards a cheerless claque of impassive fellow composers. (by Et Seqq)

2

And as for what we now call “the departure of the busboy,” that operatic evening unfolded in a pasticcio of styles from slapstick to horror, beginning with our courteous attendant's accidentally spilling a not-insignificant volume of artisanally handcrafted effervescent mineral water (nearly $5 worth) into the guest of honor's gutter-shaped cocktail hat – a mere harbinger of the increasingly tragic slips that were to come – and ending in a fatal incident in which the poor busboy (by now quite sullied with bruises) knocked the entire banquet table over so that it whipped upright and kissed him in the forehead, literally bussing him to death, if will believe it. (by Rudi)

1

Danielle's first fiction effort was a vapid, senseless pasticcio of stories pilfered from the works of Chekhov, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy in which a passionate buss to the wrong man results in the bludgeoning to death of an old lady, which in turn becomes the harbinger of Napoleon's invasion of Russia and of the burning of Moscow. (by Sami)
The Quandary for Sunday, February 13, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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