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Jun 22, 2021
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Rodents

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myology
mouse potato
rat race
mousy
clicktivism

mouse potato
“I love being a recluse but you wouldn’t believe how slow the Internet is here.”
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mouse potato

PRONUNCIATION:
(MAUS puh-tay-to)

MEANING:
noun: Someone who lives a sedentary life, spending large amounts of leisure time playing computer games, surfing the net, streaming videos, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
Formed on the pattern of couch potato. Mouse refers to the electronic mouse typically used with a computer. Earliest documented use: 1993.

USAGE:
“‘Why are you sweaty, by the way?’
‘Because I just worked out, mouse potato.’”
Natasha Mostert; Keeper of Light and Dust; Dutton; 2009.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Him that I love, I wish to be free -- even from me. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh, author and aviator (22 Jun 1906-2001)

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