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 wis sae obvious an at the same time utterly unbelievable, an it struck me wi sic force that ah felt ah'd been a gloomy Eeyore, a little titch wi the ane idée fixe in ma heid, a stuck-in-the-mud pedestrian when ah should huv been soarin roon the Himalayas wi the Swami an the Eagles; in man mind ah pictured the engraving, as it presented itsel tae moi, an in ma imagination ah turned it roon, like upside doon, an saw it as it really wis:

Presented to

Sir Parlane MacFarlane

Hereditary Chieftain of

The Clan MacFarlane


Prince Edward Island

Nova Scotia

January 1st 2038

an the Swami cried oot tae Wee Wullie, wha wis headin back tae the Saloon wi a tray o empty glasses: "please, if you pray, Master William, to be so kind, as to indulge our oology, a dish of boiled eggs and hot buttered toast, to fetch and a fresh pot of the strongest tea aboard," and Wullie gied us a wink and a thumbs-up!

(by MissTeriWoman)


You may, Jenkins, disparage my insistence on the maintenance of high academic standards as an outmoded idee fixe, and you may indeed assert the right to title your thesis on collecting Japanese quail eggs 'How to blow, like, them cute titchy little fellers', but - call me an old Eeyore if you will - I have every expectation that any External Examiner in Conservation Caliology and Oology will tolerate neither the tautology nor the grammatical solecisms, nor for that matter, the distressingly lax demotic patois.

(by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Friday, October 11, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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