In the world of medicine there has been a grammatical battle raging for what seems an eternity. “Who are the warring parties?”, you ask. On one side are those that say “nauseating”, and on the the other, those that say “nauseous”.
“Other related terms from the 17th century—nauseation, nauseative, nauseity, nausity—are now obsolete or used very rarely…”
Who is right? The merging borders of written and spoken language; the cyclical nature of grammatical favour and the explosion of social media are to blame for the confusion surrounding linguistic semantics.
PS. For those that missed Toxicology Conundrum 015, here’s a vivid reminder of why its all bad, regardless of whether you’re feeling nauseated or nauseous…