Farmers accuse couch-dwellers
of giving potatoes a bad rap

June 20, 2005, as reported by A group of British farmers believe the term ‘couch potato’ has sullied the vegetable’s reputation and want it removed from the dictionary, the BBC reports.

The British Potato council, which represents 4,000 growers and processors is heading up the campaign. It is hoping to get "couch slouch" to mean what Oxford currently defines as “ a person who spends a great deal of time watching television.” And remove association of what is essentially an unhealthy lifestyle away from what the farmers argue in an "inherently healthy” vegetable.

Protests are due on Monday outside dictionary publisher Oxford University Press and in Parliament Square, London.

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