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:



Farmer Jones literally buttonholed me, grabbing my shirt collar and shouting right into my face, “Carpe diem, and I don’t care if my property is conterminous with the state of Nevada, I’ve found gold – not some of that pseudomorph iron pyrite stuff, you know, fool’s gold -- but real, genuine gold, and it’s mine!”.

(by wordgirl)


Leaning over the fence (our back gardens being conterminous) my neighbour buttonholed me to say that the rosebuds I was just then swiftly gathering were malformed pseudomorphic sports; to which I carelessly replied  "carpe diem, old chum", knowing that I was to be shot at dawn.


(by Bud Myte)


"This windowless upside-down elevation has a pseudomorphic facade in a style that is completely unlike the conterminous homes in our area", I told my architect when I fired him but he protested and buttonholed me for over an hour insisting that we should "carpe diem and seize this opportunity to stake our place in the design avant-garde even if the house is absurdly dysfunctional from its residents' point of view". (by Sami)


When they say "Carpe diem!," they don't mean for us then to buttonhole that day with a long harangue about how that actual and precious day is a non-conterminous pseudomorph of our imagined ideal day! (by kathological)
The Quandary for Wednesday, January 09, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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