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:


"The proof is in the pie," said Reggie as he accepted Boobs' generous peace offering (as it were) of mince pie, "but (suddenly growing pensive) say, aren't we, you, I, and Vern, that is, just fictional characters in an evolving story written in cyber-space by two authors of unknown physical location who have accepted the challenge of a Wizard-like character to artfully employ in a single sentence four arbitrarily chosen and sometimes obscure words such as pi, inception, abecedarian, and inchoation on the theory that other beings cruising by on the Internet will be both amused and it is hoped, edified (running out of breath)?" (by mtc)


Boobs broke into the argument by saying, “I can’t stand your squabbling, and I don’t really care which word is the best one to use for a beginning – inception, inchoation – or how many decimal places to use for pi, or whether we should use an abecedarian system to organize the food in the pantry, but please let’s just get the party started – and, by the way, having some pie sounds like a good idea…”

(by wordgirl)


In the cloudy, inchoate beginning, before the inception of numbers, men struggled with crude concepts of "more" and "less" until one special day in the distant past somewhere on the African veldt one of our hominid ancestors hesitated, then made a single scratch on a stone for one zebra, two scratches for two zebras, and three scratches for three zebras, and from that abecedarian but brilliant beginning mankind eventually developed a magnificent number system reaching out from the positive counting numbers to transcendental numbers like e and Pi, and beyond to the Alephs, uncountable infinities. (by mtc)


Vern said to Reggie, “I understand your fascination with words and your need to spell them from that pi of old Scrabble tiles you bought at the antique mall, but it takes an abecedarian viewpoint to begin the ‘I’s by putting inception before inchoation, when I could argue as a biologist that inchoate carries a sense of being even more embryonic or unformed, and therefore inchoation should be placed ahead of inception.”

(by wordgirl)
The Quandary for Wednesday, January 01, 2014 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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