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:


Although Dr. Catharsis worked to elicit the wild and corybantic from his quiet patient, Mrs. Katzenjammer simply refused to emit a primal scream (remaining stone silent even when she was asked to visualize her parents comporting themselves most distastefully in a “primal scene”); and yet when the famous psychoanalyst spilled a bit of coffee on the carpet, thus endangering the subject's new shoes, her voice revealed a heretofore unknown calliopean aspect, and in no uncertain terms she promised to award him his condign punishment. (by Rudi)


Calliopean shrieks and unruly corybantic ranting arose from the human rights groups gathered below the large screen upon live feed of the trial – having believed no penalty deserved for having the entire family share a bed for many years – when the ruling was adverse, a condign slapdown per the prosecutor, for primal scene exposure at too young an age. (by docephesus)


It’s one thing to be presented with the primal scene in childhood; but to be condemned to the corybantic calliopean parental gesticulations of conjugal flagrante-delicto on the kitchen table, in ones forties, is unbearably excessive and it would be a supremely condign punishment of their antics were I to actually find my own apartment. (by gumo420)


The steamily calliopean, ecstatically corybantic yelps and screams issuing from beneath her parents' bedroom door led little Meg to conjure not a primal scene of conjugal coercion, of condign punishment for some grown-up transgression, but the afternoon's family ride on the corkscrew roller coaster. (by Et Seqq)


"Seems to me", opined haughtily the dictionary editor Myriam Webster, "your definition of 'Primal Scene' is not at all condign since, if there ever was a FIRST time, it is highly unlikely there would be a SECOND time, is it not?", at which point the young whippersnapper from Wiktionary erupted in a corybantic fit and calliopean primal scream: "How dare you second-guess my oeuvre?" (by Sami)


Well do I recall my primal scene: awakened by an alarming chorus of calliopean shrieks, I rushed to my parents' bedroom and threw open the door, only to find them sating their Paphian urges in an orgy of corybantic lust--a condign activity for two lovers to engage in, perhaps, but shockingly inappropriate for parents. (by saintdufus)
The Quandary for Monday, April 18, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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