Monday, June 20, 2005

Political Correctness Run Amok

BBC- The British Potato Council Farmers want "couch potato" removed from the dictionary because they believe the expression is damaging the vegetable's image. A campaign promoting use instead of "couch slouch" is being led by the British Potato Council, representing 4,000 growers and processors. The council argues that potatoes are "inherently healthy". Protests are due on Monday outside dictionary publisher Oxford University Press and in Parliament Square, London. . .

The campaign is backed by dieticians who say the vegetable is low in fat and high in vitamin C, the council says.

The dictionary defines a couch potato as: "A person who spends leisure time passively or idly sitting around, especially watching television or video tapes." . . .

The first recorded use of "couch potato" was in the Los Angeles Times in 1979 and it entered the Oxford English Dictionary in 1993, he said.

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