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:



It was barely cogitable in the mind of a modern human, but I knew that this lunette of greenstone I held in my hands contained a numen, the spirit of the Maori deity Ruaumoko, god of earthquakes and volcanoes, a being so powerful that he could hector – or even eliminate -- my enemies, while protecting me as the possessor of the object.


(by wordgirl)


After exploring every other cogitable explanation he was compelled to admit that the sphere had a numen of supernatural kind, an admission which brought upon him nothing but shame, jeering, and unprecedented hectoring: blusterers got so bold as to steal and break his horn-rimmed crescent-shaped lunettes.

(by rochi)


Hector was a bully and a blusterer, fond of hectoring his cousin Lunette, on whom he was wont to spy through the little lunette window of the old outhouse as the girl did her business; indeed it is cogitable (though unlikely) that Lunette was unaware of her cousin's presence at the window, just as it is cogitable that a divine numen (the so-called "spirit of the outhouse") punished Hector for his wickedness that summer, pulling him screaming into the toilet, whence he emerged never again--or so the tale is whispered around childhood campfires on dark, eerie nights, scarring the impressionable young listeners so badly that for the rest of their lives they will never be able to enter a Port-o-Potty.


(by saintdufus)
The Quandary for Thursday, May 03, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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