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:


When Professor Highbrow, the vaunted expert in vexillology, remarked that, “Much of our ensign’s sempiternal eclat is derive from the warp and weave of its millefleur”, I thought Ensign Lowbrow was going to hit him, but luckily, the Sergeant-at-Arms, an expert at diffusing diglossiac misunderstandings, translated for the Ensign: “'e just means 'e likes t' flowers ont' flag”.  (And Happy Flag Day to all!)

(by fdrisc)


Just as diglossia in language is disappearing, with many major languages allowing the formerly two or more words for "you" to melt into just the informal one, such as the predominance of "tu" in Spanish, so too does vexillology seem to show the over-simplicity of flags, as regions choose one star or circle and maybe a square over the beauty of millefleur complexity; sadly the sempiternal arch towards man-made efficiency over beauty overwhelms nature's innate variety. (by Shortscribe)


"Abstract and floral motifs have enjoyed a sempiternal and universal prevalence in graphic art in the Islamic world", explained the noted Oxford professor of vexillology during his interview on Fox TV News, "and so naturally these millefleur patterns carried over into the design of national emblems and standards adopted during the statehood movement that followed the collapse of the Ottoman empire after the Great War -- or to make allowances for the diglossia which prevails here in your own land, 'Gosh, them Arabs sure do like their li'l flowers and squiggles all over their flags.'" (by Gravely)
The Quandary for Friday, June 14, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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