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:


It was the week the Web appeared to become the compere of some strange fashion show: some said #TheDress was black and royal blue, while others--per contra--insisted it was white and a butyraceous shade of gold; meanwhile, experts on perception, optical illusions, and the biology of seeing pontificated across the more respectable online journals, memes multiplied like lovesick tribbles, Facebook divided itself among the obsessed and the indifferent, Twitter tittered, and the internet well nigh imploded. (by TheMagicalExplodingUnicorns)


Some ppl complained abt the compere and how'd he'd pontificate abt the tiniest things but per contra I could have listened to him speak for hours with his smooth melting butyraceous voice. (by IrishMason)


When the auction started, many people were pontificating on the history of their items, but when the compere cleared his throat with a few coughs, they stopped: while I saw one person with a barrel of unpopped, tasty, butyraceous popcorn, many other people had toys and gardening tools. (by TheMagicalExplodingUnicorns)


For the coronation of the new Queen of England, the elderly President Humblefink was asked to be the compere; he gladly accepted and at the ceremony he pontificated about the queen as if he were her father introducing her to a new suitor, preening himself at the audience's apparent approval of his speech; per contra, the crowd was pleased, not about the speech, but by the president's warm, soothing, butyraceous voice. (by TheMagicalExplodingUnicorns)


When the muscular compere of the Oscars came out, my mother was surprised at the sound of his butyraceous voice as he started to pontificate for twenty minutes about the best animation; per contra, I believed that his voice was about as smooth as a rusty nail. (by TheMagicalExplodingUnicorns)


"To use your own words, my dear contrere," Higgins replied to the man on the dais, "it is not your responsibility nor your right to pontificate over this gathering as lord and master; per contra we are all adequately equipped to decide whether a butyraceous lunch is in our collective best interest."

(by taoimean)
The Quandary for Saturday, February 28, 2015 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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