Word of the day – nausea, nauseous, nauseated

“Sex and death are two things that come but once in my lifetime, but at least after death you’re not nauseous.”— Woody Allen, Sleeper, 1973.

Woody is a talented filmmaker and a funny fellow, but he’s wrong about nauseous.

Playing his classic nerdy, neurotic, hypochondriac, Woody spoke quite a bit about being nauseous. But what he really meant was nauseated. Here’s the rule:

* Nausea – that sick, upset stomach that comes with bad food and news

* Nauseated –when one is struck with nausea, one feels nauseated

* Nauseous – the cause of that illness, perhaps the double chimichanga grande with extra guacamole, or news that someone close has been killed, or something personally disgusting

Given that Woody Allen left is wife to run off with his adopted teenage step-daughter, though, maybe he does really mean what he says.

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