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#1 2010-06-15 16:12:43

klakritz
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From: Winchester Massachusetts
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 674

'coach potato' for 'couch potato'

Perhaps a coach potato is a couch potato who pretends to advise the teams and players while he watches his televised sports. Quite common. Examples:

She works with a variety of people, from coach potatoes to elite athletes.
www.trainingrx.com/resume.htm

Athletes or coach potatoes or some cross-sectional representation of society (which would be heavily skewed towards coach potatoes). ...
forums.usms.org/showthread.php?p=136409 –

They think that it’s better to be coach-potatoes but coach-potatoes have a lot of problems with their health, especially with their heart.
www.english.gopoint.ru/2008-09-27-08…/74-irina.html

The July 4th weekend means fireworks, family and friends, barbecues and, for the coach potatoes among us, lots of good TV-watchin’.
www.tvsquad.com/2009/07/02/july-4th-weekend-tv-picks

Olympics can motivate coach potatoes.
www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=upiUPI … 01-1266…

... accessible parks, stadiums, green spaces—the kind of facilities that almost impose a healthy lifestyle on the laziest of coach potatoes.
rbth.ru/articles/2010/05/22/long_distances_long_distance_runners.html.

New drug could encourage coach potatoes to get moving.
arch1design.com/chinaforum/index.php?topic=1743.0

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#2 2010-06-15 17:33:29

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1170

Re: 'coach potato' for 'couch potato'

This one hits close to home during the World Cup. My Brazilo-Italian friend confuses “couch” and “coach” irremediably. I always assumed it was a confusion with coach seats or with a carriage of some sort.

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#3 2010-06-15 19:42:04

patschwieterman
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From: California
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 1665

Re: 'coach potato' for 'couch potato'

Nice find, Ken – definitely low hanging fruit. And I bet there are other variations still out there. Crouch potatoes, for instance, are people who just crouch on their sofas and sit staring at the TV. This is pretty strongly a regionalism – most of the citations below were written by people living in Singapore or Malaysia, though I did find one from a fellow Californian (not included here). “A crouch potato” gets over 80 ughits, so there have to be many more out there if you drop the article or use a plural. Examples:

Or you happen to be a crouch potato that prefers watching the matches from the comfort of your drawing room?
http://www.pavtube.com/2010-world-cup/a … vtube.html

She appreciates spending time purposefully, whether it is with her family, meeting up with some of her closest friends or even hibernating at home; and she also takes pleasure in being a crouch potato at home watching a good comedy, an inspirational movie, a documentary or even a good cartoon just to “wind down” (plus all the chocolates and tidbits).
http://www.evangel.org.sg/staff/rita.html

Some of us upon reaching the office, will sit down and be glued to the chair like a crouch potato until the office hour is over.
http://www.blogcatalog.com/blogs/enjoy- … njoy+work/

Face it. There’s a crouch potato lurking in everyone of us.
http://www.singaporeaninlondon.com/2009 … nline.html

For your information, I have been a crouch potato for two months and I can really get used to living like this..
http://twozerofiveseven.blogspot.com/20 … chive.html

There are also dozens of hits for “grouch potato,” but most of those are either puns or they’re referring to something slightly different – a person who sits around sulking or complaining.

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