Long-time Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley was known for his frequent beheadings of the English language with such phrases as "I resent your insinuendoes" and "We shall reach greater platitudes of achievement." Mr. Daley's creative word choices must have been contagious because another Chicago politician was heard to shout, "I don't want to cast asparagus at my opponent!"
Word Ways: Vol. 21
, Article 8.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol21/iss4/8