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:



Sifu Chun knew he could parry any blow delivered by the cockalorum whose only skill was a boastful tongue -- probably bruising his opponent’s inflated ego, and easily dispatch the naïve ephebe who began training only recently, but realized that he had to be wary of the reptilianness of the instructor visiting from mainland China who was lying in wait psychologically, ready to strike unexpectedly, recoil, and strike again.


(by wordgirl)


By nimbly composing air-tight theories on the nature of air-tight chambers and shedding light on more efficient lighting, he engaged in ample linguistic calisthenics and, much like a world-class fencer,  wielded his literary épée, parried, though never returned, the verbal blows of the elder PhD students, who with reptilianness and condescension, insulted the ephebe’s green nature (both his nascent education in engineering, having just graduated from *gasp* a liberal arts college, and his penchant for energy-saving fluorescent lightbulbs) while simultaneously espousing their own cockalorum concerning their self-importance and supposed “unrecognized genius. “

(by dwanderson)


Her reptilianness (general cold-bloodedness, long toothy features) and ostensible apathy made her perfect for a receptionist, whose only obligation boiled down to parrying every cockalorum ephebe and greenhorn who barged in and cried out, demanding to 'see your boss immediately/this second/right now, sister - it's incredibly/super/superduper/very very urgent/literally a life and death situation'.

(by rochi)
The Quandary for Thursday, April 05, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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