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

Quandary Resolutions by Elijah Shiffer

  • #6342 submitted 05/20/2016: fractious, sinuous, dally, inspissate

    If you dally by taking the sinuous route all the time, you are merely inspissating yourself - it makes me fractious!

  • #6223 submitted 01/26/2016: herculean, beyond the black stump, zeugma, nimiety

    The nimiety of bros and superficial people around me caused me to become lethargic and unwilling to find a better place for myself; but with a herculean effort, I finally got up and moved (zeugmatically) beyond their distractions - and the black stump.

  • #6217 submitted 01/21/2016: sansculotte, scanno, effete, presenteeism

    Henry, Jess, Brandon, and Brendan are the sansculottes of our publishing company; we know their presenteeism is intentional, that they want to leave typos and scannos all over the place - this is getting so effete!

  • #6075 submitted 09/23/2015: holophrasm, balebos, equinox, snickersnee

    We asked the balebos to come up with a good metaphor for the equinox, the clean-cut line between day and night; and he responded with the holophrasm, "Snickersnee".

  • #6058 submitted 09/11/2015: rosinante, rivalrous, obverse, swimmingly

    I wish my rosinante was incapable of speech like most horses; we get into arguments so frequently that our relationship is rivalrous, and my attempts to saddle him frequently progress the obverse of swimmingly - in short, he gives both meanings to the word "nag".

  • #5975 submitted 07/29/2015: leviathan, shipwrecky, indomitable, saxicoline

    In the indomitable reclassification of birds, the leviathan subfamily Saxicolinae has been shifted from the thrush family to the flycatchers; this group, which includes truly saxicoline species such as the stonechats and rock-thrushes as well as Europe's familiar robin, was always shipwrecky among the sylvan, secretive thrushes.

  • #5971 submitted 07/27/2015: tohubohu, portend, yaw, nabob

    The sidewise motions of the inebriated nabob portended disaster - but fortunately there were enough butlers at the party to remove everything he could have fallen onto (or into) before he could yaw into tohubohu.

  • #5906 submitted 06/22/2015: precipitous, avocation, roustabout, clepe

    I used to think oyster-hoisting was a noble pursuit, but my opinion of this avocation of mine dropped precipitously when someone cleped me a mere oyster-roustabout.

  • #5856 submitted 06/01/2015: sinecure, progeny, phreaker, jiggery-pokery

    Through my congenital jiggery-pokery, I've worked out how to get a sinecure for being the progeny of a phreaker.

  • #5834 submitted 05/25/2015: politesse, masterly inactivity, callithump, eternize

    The masterly inactivity of President Heinroth on most issues was protested with a politesse-less callithump; this has been eternized until he acts on something!

  • #5796 submitted 05/04/2015: scop, effrontery, cozen, diurnal

    I can't believe your effrontery in cozening the publlshing industry into being alienated by the Limerick Club by scheduling meetings early in the morning; everyone knows that scops are far from diurnal!

  • #5766 submitted 04/14/2015: recto, hapax legomenon, bilk, argot

    My attempt to create a whole new argot with my band was bilked when I realized that the recto of my glossary consisted entirely of words that were doomed to become hapax legomena.

  • #5762 submitted 04/12/2015: frangible, ungulate, lotusland, caseous

    O to live in lotusland and fashion ungulates out of caseous, non-frangible material all day!

  • #5752 submitted 04/01/2015: jovial, jape, diapause, malarkey

    You all thought you couldn't wake me up, but my diapause was a mere jape; not a jovial one, obviously, but still a healthy dollop of non-verbal malarkey.

  • #5728 submitted 03/04/2015: imprimis, philtrum, sprightly, sastruga

    There were two reasons that Captain Pitt-Pickerel could not maneuver sprightlily across the sastrugi: imprimis, he was podgy; and secondly, though they were broad for sastrugi, the grooves between them were deeply set like certain philtra and the Captain did not want to tussle with such a terrain, given previous experiences.

Displaying Post 1 - 15 of 123 in total

Quadrivial Quandary (QQ) is owned and operated by Rudi Seitz.
Sentences submitted to QQ are the property of their authors. See our page on Copyright Information for details.
Dictionary definitions are the property of their respective sources, presented here via public RSS feeds or otherwise with permission.
All other material is copyright 2015 by Rudi Seitz, all rights reserved.
Use of this site is governed by our terms of service.
Contact: rudi at quadrivialquandary dot com.