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Now the VOA sepical English program words and their stories.

Some unusual words discribe 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 funiture which people sit on while watching television.Robert Armstrong,an artist from California,develop the term couch potato in 1976.Several years later he list the term as a trade mark with the United States government.Mr.Armstrong also help write a funny book about life as a full time television watcher.It is called "offical couch potato handbook".

Couch potatos enjoy watching television 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 describtion of mouse potato became popular in 1996.American writer Alice ** is said to invented the term to describe young people who spend a lot of time using computers.

Too munch time inside the house using a computer or watching television can call some to get cabin fever.A cabin is a simple house usually built far away from the city.people go to a cabin to relex and enjoy quite time.Cabin fever is not really a disease however people can experience boredom and restlessness if they spend too much time in their homes.This is the specially 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 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 stikes to hold their eggs and baby birds.Some insects cocoons around themselves for protection while they grow and change.Nest and cocoon provide security for widelife.So people like the idea of nest and cocoon too.The terms cocooning and nesting became popular more than 20 years ago.They discirbe people buying their first homes and feeling with many things.These people then have children.Now the children grown and have the life next their are in college or their are married and starting families of their owen 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 Mores. I'm *.
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