Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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And in what at first glance might have been taken for a traditional 'Black House' on the Hebridean Island of Muldoanich, but if you could creep closer, hugging the ground so as not to be picked up by one of the well-placed CCTV cameras, you would likely observe to be of more recent construction, although in the original style, the two Partners in the microfinance house of MacMoney were laughing at the television in the basement lounge, which took up a sizeable chunk of the island's only hill, and which had been showing Prime Minister Boris Johnson's latest wheeze: "in the name o the wee man," cried Sir Parlane MacFarlane, Chairman and CEO, "he wis aye whit ye micht ca' an abstract thinker but since BoJo lost his MoJo to the CoJo he's jist become plain vacant!"

and his Chief Operations Officer and Finance Director, Dominic Doubleday agreed: "aye, it's like the virus has abstracted awa' his capacity for jined-up words, an he kin only speak three at a time, afore haein tae tak a breath," and MacFarlane pointed out: "with heavy emphasis on the first, second and third, ha ha ha!" at which Doubleday asked: "div ye unnerstaun whit he means by 'Stey Alert'? is thon no the Boy Scout motto?" and MacFarlane laughed, "nay mon, yer thinkin aboot 'Be Prepared,' bit thon wud mak mair sense than Stey Alert, he micht as weel hae made it Expect the Unexpected fer aw the use it'll be, the baw-heided Padawan," and Doubleday interjected: "mair like a Paddywack," and MacFarlane poured them each another glass of Laphraoigh 25-year-old, and mused: "he seemed gey fixated oan his erse, did ye hear him? 'oor erse hus drapped doon tae unner wan, burrit micht get bigger'," at which Doubleday spluttered, almost choking with laughter: "his is big enough fer twa! he's a bam-pot, an noo he's goat his ain wee Swingometer an a hale Unit watchin the size o his erse an iffen it gets ower big the English'll jist hae tae be lockit back in their hooses!" and they both hooted with glee, then Macfarlane observed: "Ah rither think it's the deid haun o Auld Indomitable, Churchill, ye ken, that's feelin his erse, efter aw' that's BoJo's hero, an he's aye hud thon baby-face like Churchill, but since he cam oot o the hospital, he looks fer ower like thon Mister Hyde, gaunt an haunted, see thae eyes? reed an starin, wi rampant madness; Ah read that the virus kin affect the brain an he looked totally affected the nicht," which was when the phone rang and MacFarlane muted the television while Doubleday answered the call.

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Sunday, May 10, 2020 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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