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:


No Dear, I don't wish to engage in a senseless logomachy over whether my pathological tendency to fustigate your culinary efforts is a true sequela of my already diagnosed and treated niggling disorder, or merely a remanifestation of that same disorder, for the fact remains--as I'm sure our marriage counselor would agree--you always get every detail wrong in every possible way! (by Rudi)


"Oh that? That's not a mole, that's just a little rash", I told the doctor but the health niggler fustigated me for my cavalier logomachy and assured me that my shoulder showed every sign of incipient melanoma, the sequela of many summers spent in the sun shirtless and without any sunscreen. (by Sami)


Ours was a longstanding logomachy concerning the expansive use of words; she believed every word must have a precise meaning, while I believed taking liberties with word use was the foundation of semantic change and, using every opportunity to advance my argument, softly, softly, I told her that I was sure her being a feral brute, raper, pillager and fustigator of small children in her prior life was the sequela of her current depraved, niggling personality: she was wonderfully apoplectic.

(by fdrisc)


Dr. Bernard Zweig, the niggler, should have been fired from this school's faculty years ago, when a heated discussion he had with James Herbert in the cafeteria, about whether the concept of "culture" was etic or emic,  escalated into a full-scale logomachy in which Dr. Zweig started fustigating Mr. Herbert with a spoon- but the sequela of that incident was that Dr. Zweig could not be fired because nobody could replace him.

(by Elijah Shiffer)


After the niggler berated me for a missing comma, I fell into a coma; this sequela stemmed from the grave bruise to the head I suffered when he fustigated me for a false verb during our latest logomachy. (by Shortscribe)


Don't be distressed, my pet; your father and I were just engaged in a bit of spirited logomachy over what to call you -- I say "common imbecile", and he says "encephalo-something-or-other" and claims your condition is the sequela to my having dropped you on your head so many times when you were an infant, a fault -- I admit it! -- for which he never fails to fustigate me when an occasion presents itself, being the carping niggler that he is. (by Gravely)
The Quandary for Tuesday, May 07, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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