(I make no judgements about content. I'm simply purging some of the clutter that's been inside my head since 1983.)
"Marc, your behavior is exasperating!"
~Mrs. McMillion, my 11th grade English teacher, to me during class.
During one particularly boring English class, I started up some nonsense with Mrs. McMillion mostly for my entertainment. Her comment piqued my interest; not knowing what "exasperating" was, I quickly checked it out in the dictionary. I consider this the moment I became interested in language.