couch potato

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

couch + potato; coined by Tom Iacino in 1976 as a pun on "boob tuber" (boob tube = television, tuber = potato); trademarked by Robert Armstrong 1976–91

Noun[edit]

couch potato (plural couch potatoes)

  1. A person who spends a lot of time sitting or lying down, often watching television, eating snacks or drinking alcohol.

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References[edit]

  • Allan A. Metcalf, "Predicting New Words: The Secrets of Their Success" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004) ISBN 061813008X pp.129-134.

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