Toys for Word Nerds

For Word Nerds like me, it’s an irresistibly sexy title – Common Errors in English, a new book (and website) by WSU professor, Paul Brians.

Browse the book on or just access the website when you need to settle a bar bet with an associate professor from the local college!

The book includes one of the more common errors I hear in my neighborhood:   


“Many people say, when sick to their stomachs, that they feel “nauseous” (pronounced “NOSH-uss” or “NOZH-uss”) but traditionalists insist that this word should be used to describe something that makes you want to throw up: something nauseating.

“They hear you as saying that you make people want to vomit, and it tempers their sympathy for your plight. Better to say you are “nauseated,” or simply that you feel like throwing up.”