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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Abelard was getting on in years and felt it was time to abnegate his position as high priest, so he gathered his followers and delivered an elegiac message in which he decorticated the old mythology, leaving a catholicon for peace and prosperity. (by wordgirl)

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Having just declared his commitment to self-abnegation, imagining it as a catholicon that would cure his ills, Patterson spoke elegiacally about the pleasures and conveniences he would leave behind, but soon his wistful remembrance turned to silence: he renounced words themselves, and then motion too, now lying under the bar in a decorticate posture that alarmed his drinking buddies -- one of them a nurse who at first discerned the telltale signs of a stroke, but revised the diagnosis as Patterson whispered one final plea for beer.

(by Rudi)
The Quandary for Saturday, September 29, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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