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:

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The canonical meaning of the rhetorical figure 'anacoluthon' escapes me just for the moment, although I'm sure I'll recall it in a . . .  but then we can never be wholly sure of anything, can we, brethren, unless it be that the nouveau riche will somehow be for ever disappointed in their fond expection that the sudden influx of wealth will rescue them from the yawning insipidity of their drab little lives . . . but, holy mackerel, there we are, almost without knowing it, certainly without trying - and I know I can be most trying -  through the sheerest serendipity I've chanced upon a  choice example of 'anacoluthon' for you.

(by Et Seqq)

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It is canonical that one of the challenges faced by the nouveau riches is their all-consuming desire to appear ancien riches, but this is no easy feat since it requires in many cases overcoming an insipid or even tacky taste in all purchases and accoutrements, and in other cases defeating the vulgar anacoluthon of the uneducated commercialist.

(by Sami)

2

The insipid opening line of Ana Coluthon's treatise, "The housing shortage faced by dwarves in this country--is it not a benefit to them, since shorter houses are better suited to their diminutive stature?" has been seen by some critics as a subtle reference to the author herself, since it is an example of that linguistic device known as the anacoluthon; but there are also those (particularly among the nouveau riche, whose desire is ever to prove their legitimacy in the eyes of the aristocracy) who decry the work as lacking in the canonical validity requisite for inclusion among the bookshelves of the wealthy.

(by saintdufus)

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Sturgent Waldtrount, keen to overcome the nouveau riche status of a fortune derived from the sale of herring paste and bicycle clips, attended the Grazenthumb College dinner with his insipid but coruscatingly attired young wife Melusina; all seemed well until Sturgent, tiring of the anacoluthons in the discussion concerning the canonical works of Marlowe, decided to ginger things up a bit by dousing the Dean with the Cullen Skink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(by Mellifluous)
The Quandary for Monday, July 18, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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