Sunday, October 31, 2010

Is Your Character Really Nauseous?

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Today, boys and girls, we're going to take a lesson from the grammar book. Today I'm going to discuss the difference between the words nauseous and nauseated. I've seen these two words used incorrectly more times than I can say, mostly in published books. So, for your enlightenment and to make people like me a little happier, here is the difference.

Nauseated means to feel queazy, like you want to vomit. Example: Susan felt nauseated after spinning in circles for ten minutes.

Nauseous means to cause one to feel nauseated. In other words, if you say you or your character is nauseous, you're actually saying that you or your character make other people feel nauseated. Say it isn't so! Example of correct usage: Susan recoiled from the nauseous smell emanating from the garbage can on the curb.

So, let's clean up our speaking and our writing and use these two words correctly, shall we? I think we'll all feel a little less queazy.


  1. One of my biggest pet peeves as well. Thank you!

  2. You're welcome. It is husband's pet peeve too.

  3. I never realized that! Thanks!

  4. Cool! Thanks for setting me back on the straight and narrow. Btw, I LOVE your photo, it's CUTE!! :)

    ~Elizabeth :)

  5. That picture makes me feel so nauseous . . . ;-)

    Just kidding. I really do know the difference - I first learned it from my mom years ago, who was always bugged when people used the word wrong.

    And, no, I was kidding about the picture making me feel nauseated, too. It's funny! LOL.