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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In all of the business establishments along our unpaved main street, too often had we seen the travelling schlockmeister on his monthly rounds, too often had our not-so-good-humored raillery rolled right off his back like water off a duck on a procellous lake, but when he tried to sell the livery stable a balsa-wood manger the proprietor finally had had enough and launched the old salesman right through the double swinging doors.

(by ohelbok)

3

In Memoriam:

In this procellous season of our tempestuous culture wars, while the mindless masses of consumers fall prey to all manner of insidious schemes, to schlockmeisters hawking their kitschy mangers alongside singing Santas and plastic mistletoe, and to proselytizing televangelists soliciting donations for salvation, the silenced raillery of Christopher Hitchens' pointed invective will be a poignantly conspicuous absence for those of us who loved him.

(by rdquinn)

2

 

As the quartermaster approached, his countenance procellous, the schlockmeister waited for the curses to rain down upon him for supplying oats and hay full of stones and weeds, and quickly became the object of great raillery among the beasts, which mooed and brayed nearly as loudly as the human who began shouting at him.

(by wordgirl)

1

In The Gospel According to Cheech, we read that it was a Jewish schlockmeister named Simeon the Doubter who sold the Three Wise Men their frankincense, as the trio journeyed by the light of the Eastern star to that hallowed manger where the Lord and Savior of all Creation had lately been incarnated into mortal flesh; and this same Simeon (Cheech tells us) was later among the unfortunate passengers of that ship which, by St. Paul's account, fell into a procellous tempest and foundered, casting the Apostle adrift: "...and Simeon did float up alongside Paul on a piece of driftwood, and proceed to bombard him with ceaseless raillery, mostly about how this shipwreck proved there was no God; and the Apostle was sorely vexed..."1

1Cheech 4:6-9; 27:13-14

 

(by saintdufus)
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