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plastic

noun;
a person or group of people who seem artificial In this sense, plastic is being used as a metaphor to describe someone who seems too perfect or unreal on the outside (physical appearance). In this case, the word is used metaphorically to relate someone’s physical appearance as seeming artificial much like something that is artificial that is made of plastic, like a Barbie Doll for instance. When the word plastic was used to describe someone who seemed artificial, it seemed to have a negative connotation to it. It didn’t seem to just describe someone who seemed to have a perfect or artificial external or physical appearance, it also seemed to imply that the person seemed artificial or fake on the inside. In the movie, the trio of teenagers that were known as “The Plastics” would often say one thing to someone’s face, but then when they left, they would talk about them behind their back and say how they really felt about the person. They were being fake or insincere to the person’s face in order to look favorable.
 
In Mean Girls, the three most popular, beautiful girl in the high school setting are know as “The Plastics”.
Etymology : The word plastic is often an adjective or noun referring to something that is actually made out the substance—plastic. But in the movie Mean Girls, it’s used to describe a person or group of people who seem artificial
Source : Mean Girls, Dir. Mark Waters, Writ. Tina Fey, Paramount Pictures, 2004, DVD
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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