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Now the VOA sepcial English program words and stories.

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

Robert Armstang,an artist from California developed the term--couch potato in 1976.Several years later,he listed the terms at a trademark with the Unit State government.Mr. Armstang also hope to write a book about life of full time television watcher,it is called the offical couch potato hand book.Couch patatos enjoy watching television just as mouse patatos enjoy working on computers.Computer mouse is the / that moves point or / on computer screen.The discription of mouse patato became pupalar in 1993.A writer and his / is said to had invited to decrible young who spent lots 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 usual built far away the city.People go to a cabin relax and enjoy quiet time.Cabin fever is not really a disease.However,people can experience / and restlessness if they spend too much time inside their home.This is esepcially sure during the winter when it is too cold or snowy to do things outside.Often chilren get cabin fever if they can not go outside to play.So do their presents this happens when there is so much snow,that schools and even offices and stores are closed.

Some people enjoy spending lots of time in their home to make them nice places to live.This is called nesting or /.Birds build nests out sticks to hold their eggs or babyborns.Some insects build / around themselver for protection while they grow and change.Nests and / provide security for
wide life.So people like the idea of the nests and / too.The terms became / and nesting are popular more than twenty years ago.Their desribe buying their firsi feeling them with many things,these people then had chilren.Now this chilren are growed and they lift the nest,they are in college or they are married ,and start families of their own far away.Now these presets living alone without chilren in their empty and they are become empty nesters.

This is VOA sepcial English program words and stories was written by Jill Mors.
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