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Irregardless of the dangers, Arjun and Malati sailed out of the Hooghly estuary and headed upriver just before high tide. Arjun was disinterested in doing any more sailing. Malati was nauseous. Hopefully they traveled towards home. Unfortunately, their roomate had done them a diservice by insisting that the tidal surges in the estuary were overated. Near Calcutta a six-foot tidal wave left their boat broken and stranded on the ghats.


- Nauseated versus Nauseous -

For those who try to be careful in their choice of words, our opening paragraph provides an opportunity to avoid a subtle ambiguity. The word is nauseous:

    Malati was nauseous.

The reason this is ambiguous is that nauseous has two meaning: causing nausea and affected with nausea. So if we mean to say that Malati is sickening to contemplate, we could leave the sentence alone. But is we want to be clear that Malati is sick to her stomach, we should use instead the word nauseated:

    Malati was nauseated.

A silly mnemonic may help us remember the difference between nauseous and nauseated:

    "Be cautious of the nauseous,"
      said the nauseated nurse.


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