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