Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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According to the cognoscenti, the standard practice in 19th-century New York elections was to enfranchise hordes of transients and larrup them into casting multiple ballots for certain candidates, thus nickle-and-diming the voting to an overwhelming (and totally fraudulent) majority; and it was in this way--or so the story goes--that a Basset hound named "Alistair Dewlap" became the ward boss of Queens for almost two years, during which time it is said the dogs in that particular borough had it uncommonly good.

 
(by saintdufus)

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The cognoscenti in public office, or at least those educated liberals who had taken over the government after a long nickel-and-dime campaign to increase their numbers in parliamentary and cabinet posts, thought that they would be able to enfranchise the masses to participate in the democratic process, so they were quite taken aback by the mobs of fanatics opposed to anything new or outside the bounds of their own strict religious tenets who began to gather in front of the polling places to discourage – or actually larrup – anyone who dared to cross the threshold to vote.

 

(by wordgirl)
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