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:


Jenkins gave that young milksop Hughes a jolly good pasting for having the nerve to bleat out in the dorm 'Woe betide all those who persecute the weak', ignoring his craven orisons and pleas for mercy, leaving him to crawl back into bed black and blue with contusions.

(by Et Seqq)


“You can say an orison, if you wish”, our platoon leader joked with a smirk, a few seconds before a shell exploded near us and threw us on the ground where we waited for what seemed like an endless minute, not knowing what had betided us, and whether our brothers had suffered mere contusions or the fatal pasting the enemy had sought to inflict.

(by Sami)


"Woe betide those who offer not orisons to the Lord," the man said to me as I passed--but it was the way he said it: all snotty and supercilious and way too close, saliva flying from his lips as he contemptuously spat the word "Lord" right in my ear--and okay, I'm not proud of it, but yes, I hauled off and smacked him one: just pasted him a good one, right in the philtrum (he had a contusion there for days: it looked as though someone had scotch-taped a plump grape to the underside of his nose).

(by saintdufus)
The Quandary for Tuesday, June 14, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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