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From couch +‎ potato; coined by Tom Iacino in 1976 as a pun on boob tuber (from boob tube (television) and tuber (potato)); trademarked by Robert Armstrong from 1976–91.

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couch potato (plural couch potatoes)

  1. (idiomatic) A person who spends a lot of time sitting or lying down, often watching television, eating snacks or drinking alcohol. [from 1976]

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  • Allan A. Metcalf, "Predicting New Words: The Secrets of Their Success" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004) →ISBN pp.129-134.