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WORDS AND THEIR STORIES - From Couch Potato to Cabin Fever

作者:Jill Moss 发布日期:10-23-2011

Couch potatoes enjoy watching television
Couch potatoes enjoy watching television

Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES.

Some unusual words describe how a person spends his or her time.  For example, someone who likes to spend a lot of time sitting or lying down while watching television is sometimes called a couch potato. A couch is a piece of furniture that people sit on while watching television.

Robert Armstrong, an artist from California, developed the term couch potato in nineteen seventy-six.  Several years later, he listed the term as a trademark with the United States government.  Mister Armstrong also helped write a funny book about life as a full-time television watcher.  It is called the "Official Couch Potato Handbook."

Couch potatoes enjoy watching television just as mouse potatoes enjoy working on computers.  A computer mouse is the device that moves the pointer, or cursor, on a computer screen.  The description of mouse potato became popular in nineteen ninety-three. American writer Alice Kahn is said to have invented the term to describe young people who spend a lot of time using computers.

Too much time inside the house using a computer or watching television can cause someone to get cabin fever. A cabin is a simple house usually built far away from the city.  People go to a cabin to relax and enjoy quiet time.

Cabin fever is not really a disease.  However, people can experience boredom and restlessness if they spend too much time inside their homes.  This is especially true during the winter when it is too cold or snowy to do things outside. Often children get cabin fever if they cannot go outside to play. So do their parents. This happens when there is so much snow that schools and even offices and stores are closed.

Some people enjoy spending a lot of time in their homes to make them nice places to live.  This is called nesting or cocooning. Birds build nests out of sticks to hold their eggs and baby birds. Some insects build cocoons around themselves for protection while they grow and change.  Nests and cocoons provide security for wildlife.  So people like the idea of nests and cocoons, too.

The terms cocooning and nesting became popular more than twenty years ago.  They describe people buying their first homes and filling them with many things.  These people then had children.

Now these children are grown and have left the nest. They are in college. Or they are married and starting families of their own far away.  Now these parents are living alone without children in their empty nest. They have become empty nesters.

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This VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES was written by Jill Moss.  I'm Faith Lapidus.

网友的学习评论(26条):
作者:riyue
10-23-2011 11:22:4
The culture of America is wonderful
作者:llee
10-23-2011 18:48:9
We should go out and enjoy the nature.
作者:dream-high
10-23-2011 19:43:52
this passage is almost tell us the all kinds of people
作者:Rachel
10-23-2011 22:2:15
Ye..ye...I am a couch potatos...
作者:fjz16@163.com
10-24-2011 7:50:17
it's very useful to me
作者:Anna Sun
10-24-2011 10:23:18
My husband and I are living alone without my daughter in our empty nest. In fact,we are empty nesters.
作者:Lisa
10-24-2011 10:46:38
Where is the video? I can't play it directly like before.
作者:John
10-24-2011 12:28:43
Mouse potato! I like it.
作者:recoas
10-24-2011 14:51:5
Most of us now are couch potatoes or mouse potatoes ,and the lifestyle is very bad ,we should go out and take some more exercises.such as walking ,jogging ,running ,playing badminton,tennis ,basketball,football ,going danceing , or some other Aerobic exercises .
作者:mch840105
10-24-2011 19:55:14
Before I bought computer ,I was a couch potato,now, I am a mouse potato in my spare time.Because my brother and I worked far away our home,our parents became empty nesters.
作者:hunter
10-25-2011 10:41:30
empty nesters - more and more in china
作者:Jane
10-25-2011 12:18:10
Majority of 80's parents will be empty nester in China, I think
作者:Lisa
10-25-2011 12:22:35
Now I'm staying at home to recover from my injury body,and I have got cabin fever because I totally become a couch potato and a mouse potato!
作者:fudengpeng
10-26-2011 8:34:56
couch potato will bocome fat
作者:cathy
10-26-2011 11:32:8
Most yong peple became mouse potatos
作者:Jane
10-27-2011 22:31:34
actually, I want to be a couch potato ~
作者:sunshine girl
10-29-2011 14:38:14
mouse potatoes
作者:rain
10-29-2011 15:8:12
I'm really a couch potato before i bought computer,but now,i spend my spare time on internet i become a mouse potato~~
作者:pc聪
10-29-2011 23:10:57
看不懂啊、
作者:nancy
10-30-2011 11:20:22
now days i become a mouse potato , i think i should go out.
作者:旭东
10-30-2011 18:3:15
Birds build nests out of sticks to hold their eggs and baby birds.这里的Out of如何翻译?
作者:michelle
10-30-2011 19:54:3
it is interesting
作者:rickyao
10-31-2011 14:5:1
宅,空巢
作者:Maggie
11-1-2011 8:31:38
i am a couch potatos
11-1-2011 9:16:4
I am a castin fever.
作者:Darren shi
11-1-2011 22:21:34
i am a mouse potato.
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