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Couch Potato: Life as a Full-time Television Watcher

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Jill Moss 2006-8-19 Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and Their

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2006-8-19

now, the voa special english program, words and their stories.

some unusual words describe how a person spends his or her time. for example, someone who likes to spend a lot of time sitting or lying down while watching television is sometimes called a "couch potato." a couch is a piece of furniture that people sit on while watching television.

robert armstrong, an artist from california, developed the term couch potato in nineteen-seventy-six. several years later, he listed the term as a trademark with the united states government. mister armstrong also helped write a funny book about life as a full-time television watcher. it is called the "official couch potato handbook."

couch potatoes enjoy watching television just as "mouse potatoes" enjoy working on computers. a computer mouse is the device that moves the pointer, or cursor, on a computer screen. the description of mouse potato became popular in nineteen-ninety-three. american writer alice kahn is said to have invented the term to describe young people who spend a lot of time using computers.

too much time inside the house using a computer or watching television can cause someone to get "cabin fever." a cabin is a simple house usually built far away from the city. people go to a cabin to relax and enjoy quiet time.

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