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:


Too orgulous to accept his status as an also-ran, the failed candidate invented taradiddles about his “imminent victories” and downplayed his recent defeat as a mere test of his sang-froid.

(by Rudi)



Krystol Shampain appeared glamorous but orgulous before the talk show audience and raved about being chosen for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, so who would have thought that she had the sang-froid to lie on national late-night television, for she was naught but an also-ran in the modeling contest, and her tale of inclusion in the full-color glossy was only so much taradiddle.

(by wordgirl)


"Now let's take a moment to organize, to come up with a plan," I urged this rabble of youth activists, trying to maintain some sang-froid against their impatient desire to put up anyone and everyone who might run for office, regardless of their inexperience, lack of reknown, limited financial resources, and so on; "oh, that's just an excuse we've heard over again and again, to prevent us from making progress," was their orgulous response; strategy and cooperation must have seemed like so much unnecessary taradiddle and hoo-hah, an impediment to their goal of obtaining immediate results, not concerned that their candidates would end up on that all-too-familiar pile of smaller party also-rans soon forgotten by an amnesiac public.

(by bloviator)


“To have kept up this big lie, not a trivial taradiddle, for over a decade must certainly have required a lot of sang-froid on your part and, I might add, an extremely orgulous attitude towards your accusers who, as we now know to our infinite dismay, were right about you all along”, the interviewer said to the fallen cycling celebrity, but he bit his lip and complained that “the pressure on cyclists is enormous and I did not want to be just another also-ran.”

(by Sami)
The Quandary for Monday, January 14, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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