Comey's testimony causes spike in lookups of 'nauseous'
© Greg Nash

FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday caused a massive spike in searches for the word “nauseous” on Merriam-Webster’s website.

Comey told the panel that the thought of the FBI influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential election made him “mildly nauseous.” 


The remark quickly caused a spike in searches for “nauseous” on the Merriam-Webster website. The dictionary reported a 4,793 percent increase in searches for the word following Comey’s testimony.

Merriam-Webster noted that there are strong feelings surrounding the use of "nauseous" versus "nauseated," but the dictionary maintains Comey's usage was correct.

"The word can be, and in fact usually is, used to mean 'affected with nausea'—that is, as a synonym for nauseated," it said.

The dictionary’s Twitter account has become a source of snark during President Trump's administration, mocking him for misspelling words and poking fun at top Trump advisers.