August 17, 2012

Did You Know. . .

that the term "couch potato" (which means sitting around all day and watching television) can be traced to Tom Lacino of Pasadena, California?  He was a member of a group that humorously opposed the exercise and dieting fads of the 1970s.  He made up the term on July 15, 1976 in a telephone conversation.  He said his life focused on the "Boob Tube," a name for TV.  And since tubers is another name for potatoes, Lacino coined the term couch potato.

Source:  Everything but the Kitchen Sink by Frieda Wishinsky and Elizabeth MacLeod

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