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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5

Martin’s bailiwick of imitating regional dialects, forged from his father’s frequent job relocation around the country, was manifested in his own idiolect with regional colloquialisms, euphemisms and clichés, which often drew uncongenial critiques that he had entirely “degritted the linguistic eidos of the nation.” (by docephesus)

4

The author argues that we may not discern the eidos of an ancient culture from its artifacts alone -- that such judgments are outside our bailiwick as moderns -- and while he generally assumes a congenial tone towards those historians who disagree, his use of certain incomprehensible descriptors, which we can only assume to be specimens from his own peculiar idiolect, leaves his true sentiments unclear. (by Rudi)

3

When Dr. Webb explains the difference between emotional community (ethos) and cognitive community (eidos) she speaks with authority because her bailiwick is cultural anthropology, but of more immediate importance is that her manner of communicating these ideas is very congenial to her young students in that it is comparatively free of jargon, not couched in the impenetrable idiolect of many scholars. (by cusheamus)

2

Selling encyclopedias door to door was never going to be the road to riches in this age of the Internet but it was Milton's peculiar bailiwick and he deployed his considerable charm and congeniality to the task, praising in a master salesman's idiolect to aghast housewives the merits of having humanity's eidos neatly summed up in twenty leather-bound volumes (twenty-one if you act today). (by Sami)

1

His particular bailiwick was a dogged enthusiasm for Esperanto, with his annual treat being to attend an international get-together where he might exercise his tongue in some congenial intercourse, ever hoping to find a soul-mate (koramiko or koramikino, it didn't much matter) with whose eidos he could identify, and whose tramontane idiolect he could at least partially understand. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Tuesday, February 22, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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