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:


Whenever there had been an error in the kitchen (and many did occur), the manciple of my new husband's father's wretched household would serve us a most reprehensible dish – handwaving and a false smile, two hour's worth – this in lieu of decent steak and of a decent apology, making me long ever more sorely for mother's good old cooking and curse with deeper dysphoria my mistake in consenting to a virilocal marriage. (by Rudi)


In the early days, Mariana thought it adventurous or even charming to move to her husband's little coastal town on the Mediterranean Sea, but within a few months, the provincial and virilocal life with its all-knowing handwaving manciples holding court every day outside their storefronts in the main square became unbearable when, in some reprehensible cases, they spoke ill similarly of one and all. (by Sami)


The college manciple, standing guard over the wine cellar door, remained utterly impassive under the onslaught of the Provost's slurred hectoring and hysterical handwaving, considering the whole sorry display particularly reprehensible in a married woman of a certain age, and wishing that she might acquire some sense of virilocal responsibilty that would persuade her to quit academia and serve as housekeeper to her distant father-in-law.

(by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Sunday, June 19, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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