[Ads-l] Mouse potato

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jun 22 20:22:30 EDT 2021


It was, about 20 years ago. It showed up in my students’ New Words Journals back then.  Now it’s even more obsolete than (inanimate) mice.

Just confirmed this intuition via Google ngram:

https://tinyurl.com/yyydhphx

LH

> On Jun 22, 2021, at 6:20 PM, Tom Zurinskas <truespel at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> Is this real?  from
> Wordsmith.org<https://wordsmith.org/>
> mouse potato
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> PRONUNCIATION:
> (MAUS puh-tay-to) [https://ecp.yusercontent.com/mail?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwordsmith.org%2Fwords%2Fimages%2Fsound-icon.png&t=1624400179&ymreqid=c4dc0a6e-30ad-4309-1c94-82008c015300&sig=BUrbRUU5axCPNh44UJSgrg--~D] <https://wordsmith.org/words/mouse_potato.mp3>
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> MEANING:
> noun: Someone who lives a sedentary life, spending large amounts of leisure time playing computer games, surfing the net, streaming videos, etc.
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> Tom Zurinskas,  Originally from SW Conn 20 yrs,  college NE Tenn 3,  work SE NJ  33,  resides SE Florida 18...  truespel.com
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