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 professor was trying to explain why nomothetic principles obviate specialized knowledge, but midway through the lecture, he plotzed, leaving his argument in a filipendulous state. (by Rudi)


While I was entirely ready to obviate the heading-formatting protocols on my paper about the usefulness of nomothetic or general knowledge, my grade in my philosophy class was already in a filipendulous situation, just above failing, and another poor mark would certainly make me plotz from the realization that I was destined to do poorly in that class. (by jdw314)


My credibility with the class was filipendulous, for the (self-proclaimed) smartest among the teens were certain that intelligence obviates the need for homework, leaving my policies nomothetic at best, cruel and unusual at worst, while those less academically robust would look at the assigned work and plotz from fear. 

(by debbie)



Believing the nomothetic comments about amusement park rides being inspected regularly and thinking she was safe, Charlotte decided to obviate the use of a harness and soon found herself to be filipendulous, literally hanging by a thread -- three stories up, and quite ready to plotz from the realization.

(by wordgirl)


The whole nomothetic, Kantean harangue was obviated when the already physically worn-out, almost filipendulous 80-year old professor plotzed and fainted at the bang of some door closing somewhere near - students ignored him and continued chatting and texting and reading.

(by rochi)
The Quandary for Tuesday, January 29, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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