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:


Hoping not to die as a superannuated cenobite, and balking at the thought of an urn of his ashes being used as realia in some college course on monasticism, the aging monk set to work on his romance novel, and to ensure his success, he took the name of a famous author—his little white lie, a white pseudepigraphy.

(by Rudi)



Miss Read wanted to share the writings of St. Francis with her middle school class but had no idea how to interest them in someone whose life as a cenobite would seem so superannuated compared to theirs in suburban America, and a show-and-tell of realia such as cowls, quills, and inkwells would look odd, so she set up a social networking site in a pseudepigraphic attempt to make Frank’s Facebook phraseology appear relevant to teens.

(by wordgirl)


A widely followed book reviewer erroneously ascribed the authorship of Memoirs of a Cenobite to Desmondo Tolstoy, the famed author of Lethargy and Privity, an unfortunate pseudepigraphy which led the whimsical Tolstoy to teach his creative writing class for a week attired in a monk's superannuated hooded robe and carrying all sorts of liturgical realia.

(by Sami)


The politic monk, a young cenobite who advocated that one need not be superannuated to realize the relevance of Buddhism in the present day of chaos, had taken upon himself to teach the newly initiated pupils--who like the rest of the world were exposed to a Buddhism envisaged from books cluttered with pseudepigraphy--the wisdom of practicing Buddhism not merely spiritually but rather as a way of life, following its preachings under the thicket of fig trees in the serene vicinity of the monastery serving as the realia emphasizing the legend that it was the Fig tree under which the great Buddha attained enlightenment.

(by diveeee)
The Quandary for Friday, January 11, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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