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The 'plastic' princess?

The Duchess of Cambridge, Reuters

Quotes from a speech in which the Duchess of Cambridge was compared to a "shop window mannequin" with a "plastic smile" caused controversy in the UK this week. But a closer analysis of British novelist Hilary Mantel's speech reveals a more sympathetic picture.

Finn and Neil explore this topic and look at some of the interesting language used.

This week's question:

How many wives did English King Henry VIII have?

a) four

b) five

c) six

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.

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The 'plastic' princess?

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Vocabulary

shop-window mannequin

a life-sized doll used to display clothes in shop windows

spindle

a thin, wooden rod around which something turns

extended metaphor

long comparison

objectification

treating people like objects

machine-made

made by machine

emotional incontinence

inability to control one's emotions

gesture

movement of one's body to express a feeling

scant

mere, barely

beheaded

had their heads cut off

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