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

Very much the solo seadog, sure-footed on deck, and an able swimmer to boot, Sammy was an altogether different man on land—a flouncer, a stumbler—particularly so when surrounded by fellow humans, whose speech excited in him a kind of reverse pareidolia, a disorienting tendency to perceive organized linguistic utterances as if they were comparatively random ululations of sea mammals. (by Rudi)

4

At dawn, we sailed out of Nantucket harbor in our hunt for 'Jaws', when suddenly the captain, a weatherworn seadog leading our posse, started flouncing about uncontrollably and a moment later, broke out in an ear-piercing ululation intended, we were told by a crewman, to warn of the presence of predators in the vicinity, but a brash old lady in our company, who was unconvinced by his powers of pareidolia, struck him with her cane and admonished him to sit down and 'for Neptune's sake', give us some peace. (by Sami)

3

The girl, held hostage on the pirate ship, flounced back and forth in her small quarters while awaiting her seadog captor, then indulged in a little tea leaf pareidolia to try and discern her fate, breaking into heart-wrenching ululation as the dregs of her tea revealed to her that her rescuer was in fact not coming. (by sebuck)

2

There, slumped against the mizzenmast, a deranged old seadog could be seen flouncing against his fetters, raising his muzzle to curse and ululate in pareidoliac rage at the Man in the Moon. (by Et Seqq)

1

Dorelia Ipigenia Lissington clung to the mullioned window of her ascetic boudoir, scouring the sky for any seadogs, in which, in her descent into pareidolia, she might read messages from her faithless lover Tertius Grumpsnickle; but the clarity of the sky was ineluctable and Dorelia flounced over to her lonely bed in a crescendo of ululations. (by Mellifluous)
The Quandary for Thursday, February 17, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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