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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As a youth, having no understanding of syncope, my meandering through a dictionary to learn new words often made me the object of good-natured japes when I discovered, always in public forums, that words like cupboard had no “p”, herbs no “h”and forecastle almost no letters at all, yet all these jests paled in comparison with the derision I received trying to use anglicized terms in France; it appears to be a criminal offense for an American to ask for “un hot-dog”.

(by fdrisc)


In meandering through the tranquil countryside of Ruritania, one might be startled to notice the locals' frequent use of a certain English swear word, and indeed more than one travel writer has japed at the Ruritanians for their vulgarity, but there is a good explanation: while the national dish of Ruritania is fried duck, the Ruritanian language lacks terms for "fry" and "duck," and so the anglicism "fried duck" is used in place of a native descriptor for the delicacy, and through the process of sycope this much celebrated entree has come to be known as "fuck." (by Rudi)


On the morning of his first visit to Dominican Republic Jake amused himself by meandering from bar to bar along the beach, drinking piƱa coladas by the pitcherful and japing at the mangled anglicisms he detected in the dialect of the local waitstaff, but by midafternoon he had succumbed to the blistering heat and fallen into a profound syncope, during which he hallucinated that an enormous marine mammal crashed headlong onto shore only to burst into flames while the local populace scurried about screaming, "Oh, the huge manatee -- the huge manatee!" (by Gravely)
The Quandary for Tuesday, August 27, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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