Friday, August 5, 2005

It’s Sofa Potato, Not Couch Potato

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Couch jockeys will have a field day with this, but a furniture maker is setting the record straight that the proper term for a person lounging in front of the TV is “sofa potato” not “couch potato.”

That’s the word from Blaine Wieland president of Home Reserve, LLC, who wants to stop misuse of the word couch potato.

Wieland says the word “couch” refers to an armless variety of furniture during the Victorian times which women used as “fainting couches” when they nearly passed out because their corsets were too tight.

But modern home owners have sofas – not couches – because they have arms at both ends and no legs.

That means people who use the term couch potatoes are in error. They really mean sofa potatoes.

Wieland says, “I haven’t raised it to the level of a campaign yet, but probably should.” So far, he’s posted an essay on the subject on the company’s website,, which he says he did mostly to help his Google rating.

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