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 beginner's luck if you will, but in my view 'twas the wife-beating question "Are you still so blind that you cannot smell the gaping hole in the underwear of your argument?" which (despite the blind/smell catachresis) tipped the debate in Lord Hornberry's favor, and sent the baffled Smetnick plummeting into the humliating perdition of defeat.

(by saintdufus)



Would the panda be doomed to perdition for the wife-beating question of unproven guilt for holding the smoking gun, or would he be saved by beginner’s luck if the new editor removed a comma, so that the Chinese mammal “eats (delete comma) shoots and leaves”?

(by wordgirl)


Of course I must acknowledge that as a chess master he beat me hollow, and that I did not enjoy any beginner's luck; but when I was slow to accept stalemate and he demanded to know why I was choosing to language in a perdition of my own making I was torn between first rebuking him for coming out with such a blatant wife-beating question or for his gratifyingly illiterate catachresis.

(by Et Seqq)


Although Quintus usually counted on beginner's luck when trying out a new skill, he suffered a defeat when taking on rhetoric and in fact found himself senteneced to eternal perdition after taking on "the wife-beating question" and through an uncharacteristic catachresis when giving an example referred to his own long-suffering (and thus hard-drinking) wife as his "souse."

(by ohelbok)
The Quandary for Thursday, October 27, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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