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Monday, June 20, 2005

Hot Potatoes

From the WSJ Evening Wrap:
It has been fairly common in recent years to see protests against epithets and stereotypes that are harmful to various groups of people. But the world may be entering a new era of political correctness when such protests are made in the name of vegetables, which are presumably incapable of taking offense at much of anything. The British Potato Council may have ushered in that era by rallying at the U.K. Parliament against the use of the term "couch potato." Specifically, the group wants the term removed from the Oxford English Dictionary, where it's defined as "a person who spends leisure time passively or idly sitting around, especially watching television or video tapes." "The potato industry are fed up with the disservice that 'couch potato' does to our product when we have an inherently healthy product," Kathryn Race, head of marketing at the British Potato Council, told the AP.

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