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:



The old healer was known for being couthie, and after examining the patient, he used the doctrine of signatures to prescribe a tonic made of bloodwort to restore the man’s vitality rather than the bloodletting recommended by a former ship’s surgeon, but when questioned about the apparent nugacity of his treatment, he replied rather caustically, “Perhaps you think that being more aggressive would be more useful for curing his condition, in which case I could begin by applying a swage to his head.”.

(by wordgirl)


That morning Gordon 'Simples' MacGordon was not in a couthie mood, indeed he was habitually curmudgeonly, dourly pressing out yet another eccentric swaged nipple while bemoaning the sheer nugacity of his occupation; for he had learnt that not only had demand for steel pipe products collapsed, but that lungwort - which the doctrine of signatures assured him was the remedy for his advanced pulmonary disease - was yet again unavailable in the staff canteen.

(by Bud Myte)


According to the doctrine of signatures, if we shape, as if with a swage, something rough on the outside, does it become "all couthie inside" as well, or is that hope nugacity? (by Rudi)


"According to the doctrine of signatures, this golden charm in the shape of a couthie and smiley face will heal your depression", the fortune-teller whispered to me in her parlor, but this was more flaky nugacity than I could bear and I responded mockingly "well, what about this swage hanging there, does it tell us that I will stop being an investment banker to become a blacksmith?"

(by Sami)


Recently crowned as the Editor-in-Chief of the major newspaper conglomerate The Herald, Howard Ridley, admired for his enthusiastic and couthie nature by all, was quintessentially a radical man, who not only vociferously spoke against the concept of old school pedagogy in print media (diminishing it to be a vapid doctrine of signatures and condemning forthrightly its nugacity), but also was an astute highbrow who knew how to work his way around people and their diverse opinions, much like an adroit blacksmith's powerful swage cautiously moulding a brittle metal.

(by diveeee)
The Quandary for Friday, January 04, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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