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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I lack even one iota of knowledge about phycology (ditto for pulmonology) and I don't want to obtrude my uneducated opinions upon you, but it seems quite clear that your cough and runny nose stem from a catarrh induced by all the spirulina algae you sniffed after yesterday's trip to the health food store. (by Rudi)


'Pardon me for a grossly inconsiderate obtrusion as you sunbathe topless,' the beachcomber said, dangling a limp bogey of kelp before me, 'but as an amateur phycologist without - it is said - an iota of tact, I could not help but draw to your attention the curious similarity between your little boy's copious discharge of cattarhal mucus and this fine example of Laminaria digitata'. (by Et Seqq)


"I'm going on my lunch break now," announced the fastidious Dr. Ornstein; and then, in an ominous tone, the phycologist added: "and when I get back, if I find that one iota of anomalous algae has obtruded itself into the pristine sanctity of that terrarium, so help me god, Erwin, I shall inject you with a cough-inducing catarrh so vicious, you'll barf up a lung." (by saintdufus)


The renowned phycologist Herb Al Maven had such a prominent nose, a nose which invariably obtruded onto the algae samples he was analyzing, that he suffered from chronic catarrhs and allergies, which meant unfortunately he did not enjoy his work one iota. (by Sami)
The Quandary for Wednesday, June 01, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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