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 had been years since I had seen the doting uncle from my childhood, and the general who had become our leader was increasingly known for his volatile temper and rash decisions, although his past outbursts were often followed by a search for atonement; however, lately, his requests for forgiveness seemed to be mere Tartuffery, and I soon realized that there was a deeper mendacity surrounding this reclusive man when I noticed two old photos in the family albums, one of them printed backwards in error, showing me that the chirality of his present appearance had been copied from the wrong photo, and that he was an imposter.

(by wordgirl)


"Is this a science course or some kind of mendacious beauty contest or narcissistic Tartuffery?", I exclaimed in a sudden volatile flareup after we were instructed in a physics class to "take a good long look in the mirror", but the Professor ridiculed me as "one so enamoured with himself that he will probably deny his own physical defects as just irrelevant chirality".

(by Sami)


Seeing the blemish in her complexion, volatile Jenny cried "Liar!" and moved to strike the mirror for its mendacity, but then she recalled her Christian commitment to pacifism and in an act of Tartuffery began praising the Lord so that he might restore her lost youth; meanwhile, her husband, a theoretical physicist approached and said "It's OK sweets, don't you know you're a chiral phenomenon, much prettier than your reflection?"

(by Rudi)
The Quandary for Tuesday, September 18, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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