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:


“Aaaah! Aaaah!…” the crotchety old New Yorker screamed, seconds after sipping some fine absinthe, as he fell into a latah-like trance and convulsed uncontrollably from a lancinating pain “…Chernobyl!, Chernobyl!” (absinthe is made of woodworm; in a New York Times 1986 article, Chernobyl was erroneously said to be the word for woodworm in Ukrainian).

(by Sami)


Having lancinated Orked's infected leg and dressed the wound with absinthe (standard procedure for treating latah in those days), Dr. Zumbidge winked at his patient and quipped: "I'll see you...latah;" but this wordplay proved ill-advised, planting a post-hypnotic command in the hypersuggestible soil of the Malay's mind; and from this idly-fallen seed there soon sprang the wildest of vagaries, crotchets, and whimsical notions, culminating in Orked's believing himself to be the second coming of a fabled rhinoceros, and ramming horn-first into the side of a Bumiputra hut.

(by saintdufus)



Sophronia awoke one afternoon in May with the efflorescent crotchet to lancinate the stagnant bubble of latah suffocating her life in Mumblety; she would launch upon this by lustily imbibing absinthe while sporting a entire stuffed peacock atop her hat.

(by Mellifluous)


'Imitation being, so I'm told, the sincerest form of flattery, it's entirely possible that I lancinated Sebastian only because the older guys were doing it too,' pled a dazed Latah, as the jungle judge poured himself another absinthe and swigged the potent green distillation, before conceiving the crotchety notion that such a suggestible defendant might agree to rehabilitation as an elephant acupuncturist.

(by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Wednesday, June 15, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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