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March 29, 2007 |
I count on you, for our children's sake, to get this right....it's about grammar.
If one feels queasy, if one feels as if one were going to vomit, one is "nauseated." I believe that Alvin was nauseated when he drank beer after having fallen through the ice. If something causes one to be queasy, that something is "nauseous." (Then again, perhaps Alvin WAS nauseous.)
Lenten blessing to you and Alvin
The difference between "nauseated" and "nauseous" was explained to me once by my sister-in-law in Boston but we were sitting in a bar in a hotel and I was paying more attention to some people at a nearby table, especially a woman in furs who looked Austrian and rich and a young man who was nuzzling her and plying her with drinks. The Austrian woman did not appear to be as fond of him as he was of her, and I found him rather, well, disgusting. So I immediately forgot the grammar lesson. My sister-in-law, by the way, was drinking a glass of white wine and I was drinking a ginger ale, so neither of us was feeling queasy. I can assure you that I wasn't. I am writing this at a desk a few feet away from a Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, which surely would clarify this whole question, but the book weighs as much as a 30.06 Remington and I am simply too tired to lift it. Sewanee is a place with powerful literary associations for me the Sewanee Review, the Fugitive poets, Allen Tate and Robert Penn Warren and so forth, the "Ode to the Confederate Dead," and when someone named Robin from Sewanee tells me the difference between "nauseated" and "nauseous," I just automatically accept it. I'm that kind of guy. I respect authority. My rebellious years are far behind me. I drank back then and became nauseated by noxious liquids and perhaps behaved in a nauseous manner, but no more. Not if I can help it, which of course I can. Thanks for the advice.