Judging from the controversy around plastic and how it is affecting seriously our environment and our own existence as a species, this might be a word that we would be grateful if it disappeared one day. Plastic bags look to be on their way out, but we still buy masses of food in plastic containers and wrappings. We very much take this oil-based material for granted. It is even in our drinking water albeit in minute forms, but which will have detrimental effects on our health in the medium-long term.
The word “plastic”, is a root word for others which have cropped up in recent years. Here are just a few…
Plastic arts: art forms which involve making models or representing things so they appear solid such as sculpture, pottery and painting
Plastic bullet: a bullet made of plastic which is not intended to kill, but to harm or maim
Plastic explosive: an explosive material used to make bombs
Plasticine: a soft and flexible substance like clay which is especially popular with children to make figures of different shapes
Plasticity: a technical word which means the quality of being easily made into different shapes and forms
Plastic Surgery: a medical intervention to repair injuries and burns to a person’s skin or to improve someone’s appearance
Plastic Surgeon: a doctor who is qualified to carry out plastic surgery
Plastic wrap: material used to preserve food, sometimes called cling film
And then, of course, there are plastic plates, forks, spoons, knives, dishes, bottles, cups, containers, specs, folders, binders, furniture, tools, rubbish bins, etc., etc.
Happy English learning!!