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:



The environmental group’s attempt to stop clear cutting trees outside Indonesian villages and foment an interest in wood products that were sustainably grown, as well as crafted using a low carbon emission technique to abrade the bark from the fine wood beneath, proved to be nothing more than cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face when the schlockmeister providing the products was exposed as a poacher of old growth forest timber.

(by wordgirl)



“By insisting on downsizing your admittedly considerable schnoz, you may be cutting off your nose to spite your face” the man I mistook for a rhinoplasty surgeon pleaded, but when he started to abrade me with a sales pitch to foment my interest in some dubious cosmetic products, I realized he was just a schlockmeister looking to make a quick buck from the vain and gullible. 

(by Sami)


It seems to me that taking your business from this quality merchant over here (who, admittedly, has the personality of a grapefruit), and giving it to this amiable schlockmeister over here, would be cutting off your nose to spite your face--an abrasion you don't really want to inflict upon your own schnozz--besides which, it might well foment a mass exodus from purveyors of quality to peddlers of chintz among the common herd, who (as you very well know, your lordship) follow and imitate your every move.


(by saintdufus)
The Quandary for Friday, December 16, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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