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:


I was born in the boondocks, raised on a cattle ranch, the capacious prairielands had been my home, but as a redactor, rewriter, occasional bowdlerizer and all round wordsmith, I had found employment in the vertical landscape of Manhattan, never losing my longing for the  horizons of my youth; but today I am back on the range, the internet, the modern Chisholm trail, has returned me to my roots; and, as the herds of words arrive daily from back east, I spend my days wrangling them, culling the verbose, helping to give birth to the fledgling manuscripts, preparing them for market of ideas; the information revolution my personal fatted calf. 

(by fdrisc)


Don't come at me with that verbose "depleting the kine from the capacious barn" flapdoodle; just say "culling the herd"- that's what we call it here in the boondocks!

(by Elijah Shiffer)


After culling the properties that met his client's difficult criteria, the realtor abandoned his usual verbosity and summarized the options thus: "If you still want a more capacious home under 200K, I've got a few in the boondocks to show you." (by Rudi)


On the first day that I met my very talkative realtor, she assured me that she was "employed in this, the real estate industry, only temporarily while working on a 2000-page novel full of love, intrigue and all the other things that make life interesting", and when the listing for my big house was published, I recoiled at her use of the word 'boondocks' to describe my out of town location and begged her to cull the verbose text and to remove words like capacious which are not commonly known by the average person. (by Sami)


Dearest Jane, I write to convey the distressing news that I am to be stationed somewhere far from the City, away out in the boondocks, where I fear the locals may confuse normal speech (such as ours) with the verbose effusions of a prig, and not wishing to be japed at, or made a figure of fun, I am determined to cull through my capacious memory bank and so do away with any vocabulary that might tend to invite unwanted attention, until I have finally taught myself to communicate as they do -- through a sequence of grunts and crude gestures.  (by Gravely)
The Quandary for Tuesday, April 30, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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