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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  • #8170 submitted 10/12/2019: Eeyore, eyestripe, wheedle, scriptor, n.1

    Though I’m an ornithologist who has just sighted a bird with an unusual pink eyestripe that might well be an undiscovered species, I’m feeling quite the Eeyore today and I see little point in wheedling my pen into leaving its beloved scriptor so that I might document my observation.

  • #5527 submitted 02/28/2014: palmer, compere, cheeseparing, deipnosophist

    Forgive me for not being a better deipnosophist -- you see, my former life as a palmer has instilled in me a tendency toward cheeseparing, a tendency that remains strong no matter how much abundance confronts me at the table, and while I wish I possessed more of the conversational skills of a compere, I simply cannot pull my mind away from thoughts about what we waste as we dine.

  • #5389 submitted 12/25/2013: milksop, wassail, noel, advent

    The advent of the holiday season in Pleasantville was rarely underscored by music, since the town's appointed wassailers were such milksops that they could not decide, until some time after New Year's, what noels they preferred to sing.

  • #5180 submitted 09/15/2013: hopped up on the bean, rally cap, orchidaceous, joggle

    The morning of the game, I got so hopped up on the bean that I couldn't stop joggling, and later in the day my caffeinated tremors became so extreme that my rally cap fell of my head, and that wasn't good: you see, it caused the team I had bet on to lose, and that's how, in a dramatic change of fortune, I was forced to sell off my orchidaceous treasure, my priceless Blaschka glass flowers.

  • #5173 submitted 09/10/2013: interlocutor, variadic, itinerant, bauble

    As far as how many conversation partners Wally preferred, the self-described "itinerant interlocutor" was variadic—no number of "inputs" was too small or too large—he would talk to any group, anywhere, anytime: that's how he sold so many baubles!

  • #5165 submitted 09/05/2013: kamikaze, canard, etiolate, habiliment

    Sure, I'd like to join you on the kamikaze mission, and no, I don't believe that old canard about suicide being imprudent, but I'm afraid I haven't got the clothes for it: see, my entire habiliment has been etiolated after too much time in the laundry, and really, I'd want to look my best.

  • #5164 submitted 09/04/2013: skosh, snood, agonistic, skedaddle

    Being a pacifist who deplored conflict of all sorts, Miss Bennet would skedaddle whenever a conversation became even a skosh agonistic, and, so that her hair would not flop around wildly during these sudden flights, she kept it always in a snood.

  • #5161 submitted 09/03/2013: honcho, chirality, brown study, serotinal

    So the head honcho of our lab comes back from summer vacation with some kind of serotinal catatonia, almost like he's in a brown study or something, except there's nothing going on "up there," and the next thing we hear, he's gone and flipped some molecules around without regard for chirality, and the soon after that, the whole Louis J. Blackman wing of the Thompson building is up in flames.

  • #5159 submitted 09/02/2013: kabuki, punctilio, incipient, pari passu

    You say that you are committed to unveiling this production, but your punctilio—your obsession with every detail of the set—comes pari passu with an inability to move the work beyond its incipient stages: is this project for real, or are your endless preparations a kind of kabuki?

  • #5157 submitted 09/01/2013: agglutinate, diaperhood, duress, auspicate

    I am delighted to auspicate my tenure as editorhere... well forgiveme... you see, when I was still in diaperhood, I had a tendency to agglutinate my words, and it was only under duress that I learned to keep them apart; now, forty years later and without threat of punishment, I do regresssometimes.

  • #5155 submitted 08/30/2013: agglutinate, leech, flair, gynarchy

    Don't think you'll be able to cultivate your leechflair (agglutinated term for the skill of being a lazy bum) in this house: it is, after all, a gynarchy here, and the missus would have you hanged.

  • #5154 submitted 08/29/2013: prolepsis, skyclad, genial, bulbous

    "You wanna talk prolepsis, I was done with that skyclad zumba class before it even began," said Larry, who despite the encouragement of a genial fitness instructor, did not understand why bulbousness reduction had to involve such exposure. 

  • #5153 submitted 08/28/2013: aspirate, battle of the sexes, proximate, pittance

    "The proximate cause of your disharmony," said the famed relationship counselor, whose hourly rate was much more than a pittance, "is that you both speak with such aspiration as to give each other the impression of being very tired or very bored, but the ultimate cause, I'm afraid, is that you are engaged in a battle of the sexes, and historically the only resolution to such battles has been... oh, time's up!"

  • #5150 submitted 08/27/2013: syncope, anglicism, jape, meander

    In meandering through the tranquil countryside of Ruritania, one might be startled to notice the locals' frequent use of a certain English swear word, and indeed more than one travel writer has japed at the Ruritanians for their vulgarity, but there is a good explanation: while the national dish of Ruritania is fried duck, the Ruritanian language lacks terms for "fry" and "duck," and so the anglicism "fried duck" is used in place of a native descriptor for the delicacy, and through the process of sycope this much celebrated entree has come to be known as "fuck."

  • #5148 submitted 08/26/2013: apheresis, paradigm shift, nocuous, troubadour

    Prof. Kutoff, the rogue historian, claims that errors in scientific transcription are not always nocuous: in support of the virtues of omission, for example, Kutoff asserts that the great Einstein, in copying his flawed original equation "jE = mc2," was so distracted by troubadour music that he wrote it mistakenly as "E = mc2," and thus (according to Kutoff) apheresis should take some credit for the greatest paradigm shift in physics to date.

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