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:

4

I never had the least penchant for listening to, let alone myself accommodating to, the local unrefined patois, and as the moving spirit behind the adoption of received pronunication in our region, I hope in tonight's address to adumbrate a purification of vernacular utterance.

(by Et Seqq)

3

To adumbrate the key moment of the séance: when the voodoo priestess, Caligba, announced in her halting Creole patois that she had seen a "moving spirit" in the room, Lord Fardles (who had a penchant for foolish questions) blurted out: "What, you mean someone who provides significant impetus or guidance in a given venture, movement, enterprise etc.?" whereupon the mambo scowled at him so fiercely that he lapsed into an embarrassed silence.

(by saintdufus)

2

Post accident, I engaged in a bit of mental multitasking in which I adumbrated the events that led up to my car being plowed into by a massive semi; thanked the moving spirit that allowed me to emerge from the accident unscathed; pondered my penchant for being accident prone; and wondered what the two officers on the scene were saying as they conversed in their policeman patois.

(by logorrhea)

1

Once ensconced at the Sorbonne, Billy Bob discovered that his cowboy sartorial style and his unfortunate penchant for the vernacular, what the French call 'patois' (as for example in his trademark greeting "Bonjour y'all!") did not serve him as well as they had back home in East Texas and they adumbrated his ambition to be the moving spirit of a golden age of Franco-Texan cooperation. (by Sami)
The Quandary for Friday, July 08, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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