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:


"Arr," said Hamish, high on the hill,

"arr," said his brother, Bill,

"div ye think if a sheep-shagger cossets a lamb,

the Lord gives a damn?"

and Bill stood and thunk,

then asked, "wizzee drunk?"

"not I," declared Hamish, now down in the glen.

"arr," said his brother, "amen!"

"an it weren't no sow? nor cow? nor bitch?"

"oh Heaven forfend," said Hamish, "that's kitsch!"

"and deep in the wood, there wiz happen a fog?"

"Tha's richt!" exclaimed Hamish and clasped his hands as in prayer, and shining eyes bright, upraised as he praised the innocence tendered that night, and so ends this rustic eclogue!

(suggested by Teri, who is unwell, and written on her behalf by WPC Isa Urquhart)

(by MissTeriWoman)


A friend asked me to admire his recent achievement in creative writing, handing me a heavily revised manuscript with the startling innovation in the poetic form known as eclogue, but I was troubled to see that he had substituted drunken pirates shipwrecked in the North Sea for shepherds conversing on the usual pastoral themes, the criterion until now for defining this genre from the time of Virgil; in fact he put me on the spot by expecting praise for this ridiculous kitsch, but I dug deeply into my own creative resources to cosset this conceited fool, and, adopting language complimentary to his own strained effort, I exclaimed, "Arr, your writing truly shivers me timbers." (by Shlomo.Dror)
The Quandary for Monday, September 19, 2016 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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