Thursday, August 18, 2011

Daily Vocabulary

nauseous:  causing nausea, but sometimes popularly meaning inflicted with nausea. As opposed to nauseated: which only means inflicted with nausea. So it's more proper to say the rotting zombie was nauseous, and made me feel nauseated, then to claim you're nauseous at the sight of the rotting zombie. But it's a fine line, apparently, and like most usage battles in English, there are no winners, only words that end up behind enemy lines, being used for dirty, quite possible nauseous purposes.

1 comment:

  1. *Thank you* This is one of my pet peeves. Useless battle, I know, yet I remain steadfast. And constantly frustrated.