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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Heretofore all efforts to make my compositions sound the way I intended them have been hapless, but now I have decided that hypocorisms for common musical terms elicit the sense of enjoyment I have been looking for, such as calling slurs "slurries" or fermatas "stopples".

(by Elijah Shiffer)


I have been hapless, at least heretofore, in convincing posters on that forum to quit it with their annoying and -- I think -- confusing use of aphorisms, bromides, cliches, famous quotes, and especially the hypocorisms describing their various peeves with certain officials and institutions; these rants of theirs leave my ears ringing and my brain acheing like an endless fermata from a bad opera.

(by bloviator)
The Quandary for Tuesday, September 24, 2013 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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