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这次作业明显好多了,自己修改自己的帖子值得肯定,但是要注意一点:用蓝色修改别人的帖子才用红色。-yhh

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.O, an artist, from California developed the term: couch-potato in 1976. Several years later he listed the term as a *** mark with the United States government.
Mr. R.S also helped write a funny book about life as a full-time television watcher. It is called "The official couch-potato Hamburg".

Couch-potatoes enjoy watching television just as mouse-potatoes enjoy working on computers. A computer mouse is a device that moves the pointer or cursor on a computer screen. The description of mouse-potato became popular in 1993. American writer Allis Kart is said to have invited 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 all of them and restlessness if they spend too much time inside their homes. This is especially true during the winter when it is too cold or snowing to do things outside. Often children get cabin-fever if they cannot go out 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 ** built nests out of ****to hold their eggs and baby**. 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 20 years ago. They describe people buying their first homes and feeling them with many things. These people then have 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 J.L.. I'm F.
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