Potato Correctness: Spuds Get a Bad Name Next time you call someone a "couch potato," think how the potato must feel. British farmers say the term is offensive. They say potatoes are healthy. And according to the BBC, they've been holding protests, demanding that the Oxford English Dictionary use some other term for lazy people in front of the TV. Maybe "couch slouch." But in a defeat for potato power, the publishers say they'll print the offending term as long as people use it.