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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At the honoring of one of their own – amateur lexicography buffs (or appositely defined - a septuagenarians-or-older cranky crones pre-1900’s lexicon collectors club) – the celebratory tone dead-ended into miasmic near-bedlam, when a doddering anile octogenarian with severe presbyopia tripped over a stack of stowaway Mirriam-Webster College Dictionaries, 2010 edition, that her crony was quoting as vintage. (by docephesus)

3

Though passionate about lexicography, Dr. Phillips now spent his energy consumed in a sort of fumigation project -- a struggle to dispell what he took to be the miasma of ugly neologisms wafting from the remains of his beloved language, and so his dictionary itself took on an aged, anile quality: it could never be a go-to place for a modern writer seeking an apposite term to complete a quotation. (by Rudi)

2

In early 1692, a palpable miasma floating over the Massachusetts town of Salem instilled a great foreboding in one Margaret S. because she was in truth quite anile, had a big mole on her long nose and occasionally cooked a wicked meal in a large black pot over a live fire, and it was very apposite therefore that she should remind all her neighbors that she knew nothing of witchcraft and that she was a wordsmith, a logophile and, by trade, a dedicated lexicographer. (by Sami)

1

The elderly lexicographer of outmoded argots found it wryly apposite that, approaching her own anile dissolution, she should so willingly immerse herself in a miasma of decayed verbiage. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Friday, February 25, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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