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:


Bullseye's hamartia, if I've got right definition here in my vade mecum, is that he was too harsh with his students, always jumping down their throats as they took aim, and that is why the late archery instructor, doubtless still haunting his trainees as a revenant, is no longer present in flesh. (by Rudi)


The hamartia in Frelma Cramling's otherwise lucid and informative vade mecum The Revenant's Handbook: A Guide for Those Returning from the Dead (New York: Lazarus & Sons, 1897) is the author's tendency to jump down the resurrectee's throat on matters of tact, e.g. "Your death was inconvenient enough for your loved ones in the first place--pray do not now add insult to injury by frightening them out of their wits with your return."

(by saintdufus)


'Ah, welcome the reluctant revenant himself,' said the librarian acidly, totting up the weighty fines on an indispensable and now long overdue DIY guide book; 'and while I could never be accused of jumping down a borrower's throat, may I suggest that your hamartia would appear to be interpreting this  'vade mecum' notion somewhat too generously in the case of a short term loan?'

(by Et Seqq)


A sadly laughable hamartia in our deadbeat neighbor’s return to his family after a decade of unexplained absence was that he expected his wife to welcome him with open arms (and a foot rub and a case of beer) but as soon as she opened the door and recognized the haggard revenant, she jumped down his throat, deluging him with so many expletives that I, listening through the walls, had to scurry to my reliable vade mecum dictionary of urban phrases to understand it all.

(by Sami)
The Quandary for Monday, September 19, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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