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    NewHope is offline Senior Member
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    Default coining a phrase

    I am a library potato.

    The following introduces how the phrase came out.
    Do you think it sounds reasonable?

    couch potato = someone who spends a lot of time sitting and watching television

    mouse potato = someone who spends a lot of time playing on a computer. This word developed from the word 'couch potato' which means someone who spends a lot of time watching television.

    The above patatoes are collected by Longman Dictionary .

    Hence the "library potato" is coined here likewise. Hope you dare to use it.

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    Will the coining work?

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    Default Re: coining a phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHope
    I am a library potato.

    The following introduces how the phrase came out.
    Do you think it sounds reasonable?

    couch potato = someone who spends a lot of time sitting and watching television

    mouse potato = someone who spends a lot of time playing on a computer. This word developed from the word 'couch potato' which means someone who spends a lot of time watching television.

    The above patatoes are collected by Longman Dictionary .

    Hence the "library potato" is coined here likewise. Hope you dare to use it.

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    Will the coining work?
    I'm a bookworm. :wink: (Devoted reader). Note that, food and drink are not allowed in the library, hence library potato is kind of odd.

    couch potato refers to eating potato chips while sitting on the sofa and watching TV.

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    couch potato refers to eating potato chips while sitting on the sofa and watching TV.
    Hmmm, I thought it followed from the idea that if you were sitting on the couch all day you were vegetating, or being absolutely passive. Also you'll sprout roots!

    A potato isn't exactly a vegetable, I know, but I figured it also had to do with the shape you'll eventually become... ;)

    NewHope, I think your coined phrase is fine, though I don't know how quickly it will catch on! :)

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