My favorite word is "commence". My most hated word is "partake".
On the other matter:
Too many people are yelling about where were the Secret Svc guys when the Iraqi flung the shoes? They were close by and were moving in when W signaled them to stop, but nobody mentions that. He wants them out of camera range when he speaks. Of course, else he wouldn't be the complete center of attention. Nobody mentions that either.
What I want to know is why none of the reporters the guy was in the midst of, noticed him taking off his shoes. Pretty hard to miss, I'd think.Of course they were all watching W, but still, as we know, movement catches the eye. Didn't catch theirs, apparently. Or else they just ignored it.