Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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Our party for the unofficial Grand Vernal Pool Tour consisted of three: Miona, whose long buff gams were often the center of attention and good for getting over boggy terrain; Kyle, who could be verbose but was typically quite informative on the subject of polliwogs and other vernal pool dwellers; and I, who had no previous bog or frog experience, but could (unlike the others) handle a backpack with a tumpline.

(by Elijah Shiffer)


The story of the Frog, the Stone and the Swan is, thankfully, the only surviving work of Plestop the verbose, the younger and deservedly less famous brother of Aesop, an example of whose writing style is reproduced here: "Well yes my little pollywog, there is that tale of the ugly ducking turning into a swan, but when your gams finally arrive they will be frog’s legs, and besides, I have it on good authority that the swan was so enamored with herself, she never even looked up from her reflection when the swan girls’ tumpline let go and those heavy rocks fell on her head."

(by fdrisc)



Although she didn’t have the long, sexy gams of a model, even with her short, sturdy legs and the tumpline carrying gear on her head, her rugged yet elegant beauty hit me; however, when I pointed to a little frog, and then she started to talk ceaselessly about everything concerning it since it was a polliwog, I feared the next subject would leave me comatose, so I fled, not knowing that her career in amphibian biology made her so verbose.

(by Shortscribe)


"Zeez tiny polliwogs will eventually grow to full-sized grenouilles wiz zee most delicieuses gams you have ever tasted", my verbose French partner said to me exhuberantly as we hunted giant Javan frogs in Indonesia's swamps, but then... "Merde, alors!" when the tumpline slipped off his head and our whole night's catch of over 100 hopped back into the murky waters. (by Sami)


Sharkey was a good boss but kind of verbose: instead of telling me I had skinnier gams than the other girls he'd always call me his "polliwog among  the fulsome frogs", and if one day my hair was frizzy he'd say, "Girl, looks like you carryin' a tumbleweed in your tumpline!" (by Gravely)
The Quandary for Wednesday, May 01, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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