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:


I'm but a poetaster, a mere animalcule in comparison to the greater, the much larger, the significantly more macroscopic poets: my assertion are but factoids to their facts, my significance is not visible to the naked eye, and as their sizable wits are always raining on my humble parade, I must accept petrichor in place of their perfume. (by Rudi)


That environmental biologist’s unsolicited, free-floating tabloid factoid – that the difference between the petrichor of dusty city streets and arid wastelands is due simply to an instant overgrowth of fungus-like animalcules enlivened by flash desert rains – seems as insightful as an amateur poetaster stumbling at haiku. (by docephesus)


The ripe, heady petrichor wafting out of the marsh, signaling the first rains of invierno in Guanacaste, distracted my students from their books and microscopes; pithy factoids went unread and animalcules swam unheeded in their Petri dishes, and the class poetaster was moved to pen an ode to Dan Janzen instead of working on his dichotomous key. (by Amalia)


“As a poet, you are a disaster, a poetaster so to speak”, the blunt-but-fair judge Simona Cowl on ‘American Idol - Writer’s Series’ hectored me, “as to your prose, it is full of erroneous factoids and finally, as a human being, you are so small and insignificant as to be an animalcule, I cannot wait for the next contestant who, after your sorry performance, will probably smell as fresh and welcome as petrichor.” (by Sami)


The first rain of autumn had just fallen, leaving the air laden with the distinctive scent of petrichor, and the poetaster Eckhart Nussman (he didn't consider himself a poetaster--he thought he was a bona fide poet--but it is a curious factoid about poetasters, that their estimation of their own skill is invariably at odds with reality) sat deep in thought upon a moist stump, quill in hand, seeking *le mot juste* for the twelfth line of a sonnet he'd been incorrectly crafting; when at that very moment, the tiniest of creatures--a mere animalcule--embarked with great determination on the epic journey from the bottom of Nussman's toe to the top, convinced that at the summit must surely lay its destiny, and that, having reached it, the creature could die content. (by saintdufus)


They're dubbing me an inferior poet, As if I didn't already know it - No factoid this, invented slur, For truth it is, I'm known to err, Being nought but a mere poetaster Who oft the virgin leaf doth plaster With words he don't quite understand (Words rarely spoke in our fair land) Like 'petrichor' to describe a pong That follows rain afore ere long When it's been rather hot and dry; Or 'animalcule', that poor wee beastie So hard to descry by naked eye Being in bodily bulk the very leastie; So, much as I would like to contest a sland'rous factoid I have to allow it, though it unsettles my customary sang-froid. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Tuesday, May 10, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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