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:


'Call it the Micawber in me, but if I conceive the least velleity towards forthcoming good fortune, something generally does turn up - and not a merely supposititious event or some footling serendipity, but the real McCoy' . . . and at this point he hawed and glazed over, as if the delightfulness of the prospect were for the moment too overwhelming for him to continue.

(by Et Seqq)


my name Micawber became synomynous with 'optimistic' long before Kleenex became synonymous with tissue, Xerox with photocopying, and Google with internet searching but unlike these others, I had no velleity for fortune, no ambition for fame, no greed for monopoly profits, and I longed merely for some peace and just enough food for my family while that obsequious and supposititious thief Uriah Heep, speaking humbly but without once hawing, usurped everything from under Mr. Wickfield's nose. (by Sami)


The television show MicAwber follows the supposititious adventures of Vance MicAwber, an action hero so clever and inventive, he can build a spaceship out of a piece of twine, two raisins and a bottlecap (he is also an eternal optimist--hence the name micawber); the only problem is that Vance functions at the level of velleity, with very little ambition or desire to make anything happen; and therefore he is as likely to hem and haw over a given problem as he is to contrive some means of solving it (plus he has a glue-sniffing addiction, which to me is one of the more fascinating sub-plots).

(by saintdufus)
The Quandary for Friday, July 01, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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