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:


Clear speech has fallen to mumbo jumbo's might, and humility now plays second fiddle to haughtiness, but back in prelapsarian times the virtues were the victors. (by Rudi)


Alas for the paradise lost, for in the prelapsarian earth, we would be spared from playing second fiddle to haughty superiors, nodding at all their mumbo jumbo. (by francispedraza)


Having listened for the umpteenth time to her husband pontificating from the conference podium, she could suddenly take it no more, but rose to her feet, turned to face the party faithful, and loudly declared that she was sick of playing second fiddle to that jumped up little prick, sick of his drivelling mumbo jumbo about leading them all to universal happiness in some prelapsarian never-neverland, and sick to bloody death of serving tea and biscuits to the endless ranks of haughty grand seigneurs who trooped into No.10 with such insufferable frequency. (by Et Seqq)


Ermintrude Ponsonby–Smythe, the haughty leader of the Women’s Crochet Group, which met every Wednesday evening in the village hall of the tiny English hamlet of Much-Boreing–in-the–Marsh, was most irked at having to play second fiddle to the guest speaker for the evening, John Pula Wakit Snr, who was engaged in spouting endless mumbo-jumbo regarding the prelapsarian days of his distant ancestors in Papua New Guinea. (by Queen of East Pond)


The Reverend Norcroft Digby Scrodum ("pronounced 'scraw-DOOM'," he always told people, though no one heeded him) was, despite his unfortunate surname, a proud and haughty man, none-too-fond of playing second fiddle to the other ministers of Surmbury; and it was not uncommon to overhear him at ecumenical gatherings, oppugning his rivals with such disdainful remarks as "I say, Druthers: that prelapsarian mumbo-jumbo you've been dribbling from your pulpit lately is frightfully vulgar, even for you," before inadvertantly spilling his tea on their waistcoats. (by saintdufus)


Although the official name of the firm was 'McCutcheon & Donahue Architects', everyone around town knew that Clement McCutcheon was second fiddle to the master Wyatt Donahue but that he had haughtily demanded his name come first, and all wondered why and for how long would the child-like prelapsarian design genius put up with his ungifted sidekick and his relentlessly pontificating mumbo jumbo. (by Sami)
The Quandary for Thursday, April 21, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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