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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The young amanuensis, pausing momentarily in his notation, asked what affect the invalid was intending - happy or sad? - to which the thrasonical rejoinder came that since his inspired music was uniquely God-given, no real artist should be in any doubt . . .and then demanded that his coverlet be straightened, for it was horribly ruckled and catawampus beyond all endurance.
(by Et Seqq)


It is said that Theodor Geisel (alias Dr. Seuss) employed an amanuensis to assist him with his 17th book, The Curious Catawampus; but the transcriber's thrasonical demeanor soon revealed a "disturbance of affect" in his personality, and it came to light that this man's own pysche was "catawampus" almost to the point of schizophrenia--a fact which Geisel subtly memorialized in the couplet "In his house, in his car, or asleep in his bed: that strange little man is quite wrong in the head!"

(by saintdufus)


"You mean to say your secretary is acting strangely?", my new no-nonsense literary agent chastened me with a tinge of annoyance in her voice while peering at me over her reading glasses, after I had informed her that "my amanuensis had gone catawampus on me" and she added that there was no need to try to impress her with big words which she saw as pedantic, affected and the mark of a thrasonical personality. (by Sami)
The Quandary for Tuesday, June 28, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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