Whats the correct English "I got sick last night" or "I fell sick last night"?

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    In the UK it is more common to hear "I felt sick last night" or "I was sick last night". – Ali Caglayan Jan 10 '15 at 15:42
  • Have you tried looking up the words in a dictionary or even just on Google; or in some other way tried to find an answer to your question before asking here? If so, please include what you have already looked through and why that wasn’t a sufficient answer. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jan 10 '15 at 15:45

(For whatever reason...) In the US we say "got sick" and "fell ill". Although, "falling ill" implies that it's just the start of something that's going to turn out to be much more serious and long term - Like: "He got sick with the flu, last week," as opposed to "She fell ill with cancer, as soon as they returned from the trip."

Of course, "fell sick", also implies something ongoing - so, I guess it's the "fell" part that makes it seem like something lengthy. "Got ill" (not very common - but still used) usually just means "vomited".)

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    If this Ngram is anything to go by, get sick is more common than fall ill by a long way—but until around 1850, fall sick was actually the most common of the lot, while get ill has been consistently quite limited. The same in BrE shows quite a lot more variation, though get sick and fall ill are still the most common nowadays. (Although I’d say that in BrE, vomiting is always sick, never ill. “He was sick in the bushes” = “He vomited in the bushes” ≠ “He was ill in the bushes”.) – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jan 10 '15 at 15:40
  • Benjy: "I think I'm going to be unwell." Alan Swann: "Ladies are 'unwell', my dear boy... Gentlemen 'vomit'." --"My Favorite Year" (MGM, 1982) – Oldbag Jan 10 '15 at 15:47

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