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:



Todd had tried all sorts of adventurous and escapist activities, but after a trek in the Himalayas, he came to believe that focusing on self-indulgence would hold in abeyance any expectation of true happiness in this world, so in order for his joy in living life to perdure, he decided to become a disciple of the teachings of a wise Buddhist monk and disavow “Sardanapalian excesses” and follow the ways of ahimsa to preserve life; however, he did not understand why specific mention was made to “Sarah Palinism”, which he assumed was the killing of bears.

(by wordgirl)


Being a strict practitioner of ahimsa, I am wont to keep my more violent tendencies in abeyance, especially when it comes to non-humans; with humans, on the other hand, I am sometimes sorely put to the test, as for instance the other evening, when, as a guest at the Sardanapalian abode of the illustrious Lord Sainsbury, I became annoyed at his lordship's juvenile habit of bouncing Raisinets off the back of my head; and when this irritating practice had perdured well into the fifth hour, I finally lost all patience and, whirling about, angrily swung a wooden elvish clog smack into the viscount's astonished yarbles, crumpling him to the floor in an instant; after which I straightened my attire with dignity, strode calmly out the door, clambered onto my baby giraffe, extended a middle finger in the general direction of the chateau, and galloped madly off to the west.

(by saintdufus)


Lord Thomas Townberry had hitherto lived a sardanapalian existence within his country manor, never once considering the impoverished  tenants  living on his estate, who had long perdured  the harshest of working conditions: toiling for seven days a week for a pittance, with only two days holiday a year, no sick pay and only the occasional dry crumpet at tea – time,  which inevitably led to the day when the cry went up : ‘M’Lord, the peasants are revolting!’ as two hundred aggrieved  yokels stormed the manor house waving pitchforks , manglewurzels and odoriferous damp socks, but the decision on his fate was held in abeyance whilst they argued long into the night on the relative merits of dispatching His Lordship by relieving him of his balding pate, or whether to adopt the gentler  Hindu doctrine of ahsima and let him be; but just as they were agreeing to the former His Lordship escaped through  a secret tunnel built for just such an eventuality, and ran away, cackling manically, never to be seen again, though rumour has it that today his ghost can be seen wandering around the estate at full moon, clad only in a nightshirt and munching on a hot buttered crumpet.


(by Queen of East Pond)
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