June 20, 2005,
as reported by just-food.com: 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
Protests are due on Monday outside dictionary publisher
Oxford University Press and in Parliament Square, London.