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:


Seeing that my waiter was clearly suffering from a case of the doldrums, I sought to alleviate his woes by a gesture at once unheralded and unprecedented: the forking o'er of a gratuity (and I'm not talking any mere 15% tip, either--this was the cumshaw to end all cumshaws: I signed o'er my entire multi-million-dollar estate to him on the spot, and then shuffled out a pauper into the cold and lonely night, which greeted me with a swift kick to the yarbles--my harsh welcome to the world of no-good, penniless, freeloading vagrants).


(by saintdufus)



It was rather hard for her not to be in the doldrums given the unheralded change in her employment status from headliner as a high flying trapeze artist to the one who cleans up after the horses and elephants, and her psychic pain was far from alleviated when a passer by offered her a cumshaw of fifty cents following the circus parade's march through town from the train stop.

(by wordgirl)


Ye goode shippe Saint Dufus's unheralded arrival in the Doldrums brought an air of listlessness and ennui into the hearts of the crew, which was, thankfully, alleviated by the bestowing upon them by the passengers cumshaws of gold coins, bottles of rum;  pink spotted bandanas and the latest digitally re-mastered DVD of "Pirates of the Caribbean"; the script of which they had learned by heart whilst swabbing the decks and splicing the mainbrace.

(by Queen of East Pond)
The Quandary for Monday, April 09, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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