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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 1976. Several years ago, he listed the term as a trademark with United States government. Mr. Armstrong also helped to 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 enjoying working on computers. A mouse-potato is the device that moves the pointer or cursor on a computer screen. The description of mouse-potato became popular in 1993. American writer, Alice khan, 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 computers 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 it bored 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 can not 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 cur cunning. Birds build nests out of sticks to hold their eggs or baby birds. Some insects build cur cuns around themselves for protection while they grow and change. Nests or cur cuns provide security for wild life, so people like the idea of nests and cur cuns too. The terms curcuning and nesting became popular more than twenty years ago. They describe people first buying their 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.
This VOA Special English program Words and their Stories was written by Joe moss. I’m…
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这是一个比喻的说法,人人爱家就像鸟儿聚巢nest和小虫作茧cocoon一样,都是把它们作为自己的避风港和安乐窝 laugh.gif -yhh
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