Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?
Quandary Resolution 2487
portamento, contentious, lapidary, demagogue
Mr. Emerald's demagoguery made him a contentious figure in the lapidary world, to the point that whenever his name was mentioned among fellow jewelers (whose stone cutting practices he was always trying to control), their conversation would take a portamento from low drone to high-pitch protest.
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