- Potato farmers held a noisy protest outside Parliament today to get the term "couch potato" removed from the Oxford English dictionary, claiming it harms the vegetable's image.
A similar rally took place outside the offices of the dictionary's publishers in Oxford, with demonstrators carrying signs that read "couch potato out" and "ban the term couch potato". The British Potato Council wants the expression stripped from the Oxford English Dictionary and replaced in everyday speech with the term "couch slouch"...
Nigel Evans MP for the Ribble Valley in Lancashire has tabled a Commons early day motion in support of the campaign, highlighting the nutritional value of the great British potato.
— Larry, Couch Monkey, People for the Ethical Treatment of Potatoes