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:


After lobbing invectives such as “our gimcrack level of philosophy education has lead to an embarrassing declension in our school’s liberal arts ranking,” the PhiloClub received the Academic Dean’s diktat censuring such “insurgent, fractious bellicosities” from official college circulation. (by docephesus)


Wanda experienced a declension of support from fellow vacationers (evidenced by the formation of various insurgent groups among the children in the family) after issuing a diktat that a much-anticipated visit to the beach would be postponed until she had spent enough time in the tourist shops to satisfy her gimcrack cravings—that is, to empty her wallet and fill her shopping bag. (by Rudi)


The leader of the insurgent army, who first arose in opposition to the diktat prohibiting private gun ownership, was experiencing a slow declension of his mental state as his obsession with firearms turned into a mania for hoarding them, from gimcrack toy guns to a fully automatic, military-grade weapons. (by sebuck)


Caesar's latest diktat was that all insurgent Gauls should take evening classes in Latin declension and conjugation in preparation for swearing formal oaths of loyalty and subservience; in return for which they might anticipate the bestowal of gimcrack tokens of Roman imperial benevolence. (by Et Seqq)


Brandishing his favorite gimcrack, a large wood spoon, the soup Nazi barked his orders and diktats at customers and I pondered from the back of the line whether I should start an insurgency and lead everyone to the falafel shop next door, an initiative which would have certainly resulted in a clear declension in his revenues. (by Sami)
The Quandary for Thursday, March 03, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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