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:


O Captain, my Captain, the halcyon days of parnassian expression are done; what once lit the heart and mind with crafted words is now replaced with cloudbursts of blog and tweet; posted obloquy supplanting pasquinade, an ideographic heart standing stead for a sonnet, satire—a vicious video; would Shakespeare or Swift disown the filial connections to their work; surely Swift would have a modest proposal for these offspring.

(by fdrisc)


It was our custom to gather at a small café in Montparnasse every Wednesday afternoon with some discussing their latest paintings, others their new prose or parnassian compositions and I recall that on one of these occasions, there was a violent cloudburst and downpour which caught Henri (Matisse) on his way to the café and led Jean-Paul (Sartre), who had a well-known filial affection for him, to act out a pasquinade of the soaked painter while Salvador (Dali) and Henry (Miller) nearly fell off their chairs laughing.

(by Sami)


The Berlin Wall painting of Brezhnev and Honecker kissing is a pasquinade, parodying the sometimes subservient and filial relationship of Germany to Russia during the Cold War in a parnassian method that is striking yet leaves many questions; how unpoetic and depressing that its destruction may be at the hands of a luxury development rather than a slow, natural deterioration through many a cloudburst or snowstorm or hot sun. (by Shortscribe)


Herbert the librarian provoked a veritable cloudburst of tears at the Sunday dinner table when, confounding his professional duty with his filial, he presented his mother with a floral bouquet and a card containing this parnassian pasquinade: "Roses are Red Violets are Blue The town's copy of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Is seventeen days overdue!" (by Gravely)
The Quandary for Tuesday, May 21, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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