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Why do we say 'Veg Out'

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'After a busy day it's good to veg out on the sofa.'

Meaning: to relax in a lazy and inattentive way. Basically, we are 'vegging out' when we sit on the sofa for a long time doing nothing and hardly moving.

The phrase comes from the association between  vegetables and mental incapacity. The expression ‘couch potato’ also comes from the same idea. The term originated in the 1990s, most probably in the film ‘Pretty Woman’, in which Julia Roberts’ character uses the line: “Let’s watch old movies all night... we’ll just veg out in front of the TV.”

'I don't want to do anything this weekend except veg out on the sofa.'


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