Farmers Want ‘Couch Potato’ Replaced With “Couch Slouch’
Farmers in England are campaigning to remove the term "couch potato" from dictionaries. They say it makes the vegetable seem unhealthy and is bad for its image.
The British Potato Council wants the expression taken out of the Oxford English Dictionary and replaced the term "couch slouch." The first time the expression appeared was in a 1979 Los Angeles Times article.
The Oxford Dictionary says the term "couch potato" means "A person who spends leisure time idly sitting around watching television or video tapes.
John Simpson, chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, says don't blame the words, blame the society that uses them. It looks like the term will stay.