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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Flim Flam Sam was the flaneur of Greenville, and could often be seen lazing about in doorways or on park benches, cigarette in hand, until the day he decided to eschew smoking because of the continually rising price of cigarettes, whereupon he became so jittery that he began to skirr all over town while singing to himself, but since he had a Van Gogh’s ear for music – and actually couldn’t hear very well at all – he barely escaped being hit by cars when he crossed the street, although it was hard to decide if the drivers were actually targeting him to end his horrible caterwauling.

(by wordgirl)

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When he wasn’t busy painting pictures to flatter the insatiable vanity of future billionaires, Vincent Van Gogh tended to eschew the company of other artists and to spend his time as a flaneur, skirring off quickly for example at the mere sight from a distance of his intrusive cousin, the middling opera singer Joost Van Gogh, whose proud descendants bristle with anger to this day on hearing the derisive phrase “Van Gogh’s ear for music”.

(by Sami)

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Malfoy was an idler, a loafer, a man about town--in a word, a flaneur--who tended to eschew any sort of work or exertion on principle, as though physical labor of any kind were a kind of germ, with which he feared to contaminate himself; he had Van Gogh's ear for music, but this didn't prevent him from skirring all over town from one music store to another, seeking the latest and best tunes his trust fund assets could procure for him; and it was on just such an excursion, one dreary Monday morning in April, that Malfoy first encountered the man to whom I shall refer henceforth as Dr. Esophagus....

 

(by saintdufus)
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