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 octogenarian oldster was definitely schizophrenic, suffering a cacoethes one moment to be mawkishly sycophantic to an unnamed US President now long dead, and putting on a hogen mogen performance the next, pretending to be the advisor to some other also-unnamed former president.

(by bloviator)


In the mawkish atmosphere of this oldster professor's flat, a hogen mogen of a housekeeper, Mrs. Orkaan, exercised a daily cacoethes of rearranging his desk. (by the_release_101)


Compared with the youngsters he liked to employ, Martin Elginbrod may have been an oldster, but he was no mawkish 'golden oldie', for his cacoethes, his compulsion to amass money by whatever jiggery-pokery necessary, justified his image as the Hogen-Mogen, the Chief Honcho, the Genghis Khan of the Edinburgh Bar, and when he saw the picture which had been re-tweeted 7,528 times, he was “a bit like Krakatoa, East of Java,” as his Chief Clerk Riddle Rankine reported to the other members of The Justice League of Auld Reekie, and Sayid passed on in a kik to Dixie O'Hooligan as “he was blooming berserk,” with a smiley face attached, and that was when Dr Montgomery answered a call from His Man who simply said: “Gill's only gone fucking missing!”

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Monday, October 19, 2015 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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