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Aug 10, 2018
This week’s theme
Words related to veggies

This week’s words
olive branch
cabbage
pea-brained
mushroom
couch potato

couch potato
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with Anu Garg

couch potato

PRONUNCIATION:
(COUCH puh-tay-to)

MEANING:
noun: A person who leads a sedentary life, usually watching television.

ETYMOLOGY:
Why a couch potato? Why not a couch tomato or a couch pumpkin? The term was coined after boob tube, slang for television. One who watches a boob tube is a boob tuber and a tuber is a potato. According to the Bon Appétit magazine, the term was coined by Tom Iacino. Yesterday’s couch potato is today’s mouse potato, spending time in front of a computer screen, surfing the web. Earliest documented use: 1970s.

USAGE:
“Brooks Koepka went from US Open hero to a depressed overweight couch potato last year.”
Euan McLean; Koepka so Happy to Shape up; Daily Record (Glasgow, UK); Jun 13, 2018.

See more usage examples of couch potato in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The one thing we know about torture is that it was never designed in the first place to get at the actual truth of anything; it was designed in the darkest days of human history to produce false confessions in order to annihilate political and religious dissidents. And that is how it always works: it gets confessions regardless of their accuracy. -Andrew Sullivan, writer (b. 10 Aug 1963)

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