In Case You’re Curious

This is a blog about grammar and proper word usage. However, for a change, it is not a rant. Just a post for you to read in case you’re as curious as I was. About what, you ask?

The difference between nauseous and nauseated.

You see, I’ve always known there was a difference, but I never really knew what that difference is. They’re used interchangeably, for the most part. And even once you know the difference, it won’t do you much good, because if you use them properly, people will assume you’re wrong since they’re so often used improperly.

Is the suspense killing you yet? No? Oh well.

The difference is this: nauseous means nausea-inducing. As in, That was a nauseous ride. Or, That color combination is nauseous. Nauseated means to feel nausea. So, a nauseous ride makes you nauseated. Often, so does pregnancy, which is what drove me to look up the difference between the two words.

And now, even though you know the difference between nauseous and nauseated, I bet after reading it so many times, nausea in all its forms has ceased to have any meaning at all.


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