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Now the VOA special English program: Worsd 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 televition, is sometimes called a couch potato. A couch is a piece of funiture that people sit on while watching televition. Bobert Armstrong, an * of Canifonia developed the term "couch potato" in 1976. Several years later, he listed the term as a * with the United State government. Mr. Armstrong also helped write a funny book about life of as a full time television watcher. It is called "the official couch potato handbook".

Couch potatos enjoy watching televition just as mouse potatos 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 1993. American writer Alice Corn, he said to had invented determine to describe young people who spend a lot of using computers.

Too much time inside the house using a computer or watching television can call 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 desease, however, people cann't experience support them and resealeness if they spent 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 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 or baby birds. Some insects build cocoons around themselves for protection while they grow or change. Nests and cocoons provide security for wild life, so people like the idea of nests and cocoons too. Determines cocooning and nesting became popular more than twenty years ago. They describe people buying their first homes and feeling them with many things. These people then had children. Now these children are grown and had left the nests. 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 nests. They had become empty nesters.

This VOA Special English Program words and their stories was written by Joe Marks. I'm Fay L.
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