with Luke Taylor
"Please discuss nauseated vs. nauseous. I was only taught that people feel nauseated not nauseous. Isn't that right?"Thanks for the question, Jason. According to Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, nauseate is a verb that means to become affected with nauseathat is, the urge to vomitor to feel disgust. Thus nauseated is to be affected with nausea. Here are some examples:
Eric was nauseated by the motion of the sea.Meanwhile, nauseous is an adjective that means causing nausea or disgust, as in:
The motion of the sea nauseated Eric.
The motion of the sea was nauseous.More to Jason's question, nauseous can also mean "affected with nausea or disgust."
Eric felt nauseous on the ferry across the English Channel.The dictionary even included a usage note about this, saying, quote, "Those who insist that nauseous can properly be used only in sense 1 [causing nausea or disgust] are in error. Current evidence shows these facts: nauseous is most frequently used to mean physically affected with nausea."