In this edition, we consider a linguisitic dilemma - should we call a woman who acts an 'actress'? Does the use of the word 'actor' to describe both men and women make more sense?
We hear from two acclaimed actresses, Fiona Shaw and Zoe Wannamaker. And from David Marsh, who's the author of The Guardian newspaper style guide. The Guardian has banned the term 'actress' from its pages, deciding that 'actor' should be used for both men and women.
You can download an mp3 version of the programme, a script and try the comprehension quiz at the bottom of this page.
Vocabulary from the programme
a feeling that people disapprove of something, especially when this is unfair
a badge of shame
something to be ashamed of
a badge of pride
something to be proud of
Programme script (pdf - 21 k)
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