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:


This right wing doomsayer insists that only algid austerity programs will solve our economic crisis, smugly and knowingly subjugating the  public to this policy of certain suffering, ensured of successful diffusion of his sinister message relying merely on the echolalia generated by his vast captive and ignorant audience.

(by bloviator)


Much as ma and pa tried to subjugate Cassandra by popping her in the freezer for an algid half hour or so, having had more than enough already of her unsettling precocity as doomsayer, even thus entombed the poor little waif could not check the occasional burst of pitiful echolalia, frostily burbling  "Good-bye, and Keep Cold".

(by Bud Myte)



The history of the mountain people told the tale of a baby who was born and christened “The Chosen One” by the priestly class, and a doomsayer who interpreted the echolalia of the child as prophecy, leading the emperor to decide that he must subjugate and segregate the valley folk by moving them to the algid highlands, so they could not pose a threat to his power in the future.

(by wordgirl)


To his father, chilly was algid, unpleasant was unbearable, and minor misfortune was prelude to subjugation in Hell, and so it was through echolalia that cheerful baby Hopkinton became, in his father's presence, a doomsayer.

(by Rudi)


“I need more echolalia”, music producer CW demanded of a baby whom he had enrolled in a 1970s heavy metal band, but the baby would not be easily subjugated and he refused to automatically repeat the chorus lyrics of their song “Algid Doomsayer”, in which a baby penguin warns of an impending ice age and end of the world.

(by Sami)  2 comments



It was an algid and frosty December evening as Roger addressed the board in a final attempt to amass support in favor of the enumeration revamping policy where he spoke eloquently at length in an ardent anticipation to convince the board members to vote in favor of the policy while his mind played the doomsayer and forewarned him that try as he might, his meticulous speech would be discarded as just another echolalia by the archaic troop that prided itself on being a fierce believer of the concept - subjugate others to establish one's superiority

(by diveeee)
The Quandary for Wednesday, December 19, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

Since September 2009, word lovers have offered 7878 sentences — each one a surprise — to QQ's unique and growing library. Explore other Quandaries through our word list or the calendar below. View yesterday's QQ resolutions or pick a day at random.


We don't archive definitions. You can find the definitions on their respective sites by following the links above.

Quadrivial Quandary (QQ) is owned and operated by Rudi Seitz.
Sentences submitted to QQ are the property of their authors. See our page on Copyright Information for details.
Dictionary definitions are the property of their respective sources, presented here via public RSS feeds or otherwise with permission.
All other material is copyright 2015 by Rudi Seitz, all rights reserved.
Use of this site is governed by our terms of service.
Contact: rudi at quadrivialquandary dot com.