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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The Helot general quaked before the phalanxes of Spartan hoplites, surrendered, and, in the most obsequious and penitent manner, apologized profusely for the four-flushing nature of his people; at which the Spartan general remarked, “Osteopenia is not the only cause of spinelessness.”

(by fdrisc)


"Whoever stole my truck, 'fess up!", Herman hollered, causing all members of the marauding yet incompetent gang to form a tight phalanx while at first feeling penitent; however, all of them (except Morris, who was wondering if the strange feeling in his left middle finger's middle phalanx was in fact osteopenia) eventually realized that they didn't, in fact, steal Herman's truck and had no reason to bundle up so tight- but it did give them a sense of strength in numbers.

(A paraphrase of a passage from the possibly upcoming novel "Petco".)

(by Elijah Shiffer)


"If Your Majesty deems I have four-flushed him in cards, then I must acknowledge my guilt and most humbly declare myself penitent," sniveled the miserable courtier, who felt that his backbone was succumbing to osteopenia in direct proportion to the number of palace guards who were hastening into the game room to form a phalanx in his near vicinity. (by Gravely)


She was penitent for having four-flushed the doctor when he asked about finger pain; had she originally told the truth, she would have happily found out that her phalanx pains were from the more easily treated Osteopenia and not the dreaded osteoporosis she had feared to hear.

(by Shortscribe)
The Quandary for Tuesday, July 09, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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