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 Chief Steward, Maister McMuckle, wis a richt auld Gummidge this efternin – when Wee Wullie, the Cabin Boy drapped a glass o grog, the Steward jumped like a bomb had gone aff richt ahint him an threatened tae hae him dragged tae the machicolations, whaur the guns wud be if this wis a warship, an use him as a human cannonball, but his misexpression – fer it wisnae Wullie's fault, he'd been accidentally tripped by the Swami's walkin stick – and when abdy heard aboot the tongue-lashin he gied Wullie, it didna redound ower well fer the Chief Steward: Captain Handy summoned him tae the Bridge and gied him baith barrels fer yellin like a banshee at a wee laddie an actin in a manner that brocht discredit tae the uniform; an then he said in a quiet voice that only McMuckle an ah cood hear, fer ah wis oan the roof, listenin hard wi ma lug pressed agin it, he said: "ye had a hard time oan The Pleurisy, when ye'se cam under fire fi the Yankees in '12, but pull yersel thegither, maun, oor no at war wi the Colonies noo an Wull's a guid laddie isnae he?" and the Chief Steward agreed heartily, which ah wis able tae tell Wullie, when ah fund him in his hammock, an richt enuff, the Chief Steward dealt wi it manfully and the pair o them shook hauns an McMuckle gied him a penny piece; aw's weel that ends weel, or sae it seems tae moi.

(by MissTeriWoman)


"Excuse me, Deirdre, it was not I who was guilty of misexpression but you of misprision, for far from reviling you as a machinating slut I was simply drawing to your attention that machicolation slit atop the castle ramparts, and so I would thank you to grow out of your Mrs Gummidge chunterings, which do not redound to your credit."
(by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Monday, October 07, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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