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rubyroo

« Reply #25 on: January 10, 2011, 18:08 »
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I'm still confused... I thought the USA was the 'New World' - or was that Australia?

Eastern Bloc?  Crikey... so many worlds to choose from...

I think I'll stick with the term 'poorer countries' and leave it at that (although then there's the question of what truly constitutes 'rich' and 'poor' depending on your value system....)

Argh!    ??? :D


ShadySue

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« Reply #26 on: January 10, 2011, 18:18 »
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I thought the second world was the communist eastern bloc. (with first world being the allied capitalist west and the 3rd world being those that were unallied). 3rd world has come to mean undeveloped though and 2cd world has been dropped.
Yes, I don't know if the expression 'second world' was ever used, but it was the communist bloc which was implied.
I try not to use the term 'third world', though old habits die hard, but Developing World I thought was OK?
@nosaya: I don't understand the logic of "I don't use PC terms like 'developing nations' because SOME of these places still have 30- 40 years to go before I would consider them developed." - isn't that exactly what's meant by 'developing'?
« Last Edit: January 10, 2011, 19:06 by ShadySue »

« Reply #27 on: January 10, 2011, 18:43 »
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3rd world has come to mean undeveloped

That's why I refer to the USA as "second", not "first". Everytime I'm over there I'm really wondering about the infrastructure (like streets etc.) in the "Leading Economy of the World"  :o

[ducksforcover...] ;D

rubyroo

« Reply #28 on: January 10, 2011, 19:01 »
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Ah, you were angling for a fight.  Didn't realise  :D

« Reply #29 on: January 10, 2011, 19:09 »
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@ShadySue, I was attempting to be generous.

I have been to parts of the world where the culture is so backwards and the governments so corrupt that it will probably be several hundred years (if ever) that these areas will catch up.

Hardly what I would call developing.
It is a catch-all phrase that elevates those countries where the people have nothing but dirt to eat to the same status as China which actually IS developing at an amazing rate.

lisafx

« Reply #30 on: January 10, 2011, 19:35 »
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That's why I refer to the USA as "second", not "first". Everytime I'm over there I'm really wondering about the infrastructure (like streets etc.) in the "Leading Economy of the World"  :o

No argument from me.  Our crumbling infrastructure, disastrous healthcare system, and flagging education system would suggest you are right. 

« Reply #31 on: January 10, 2011, 19:52 »
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I actually heard the term "second world" on the radio this morning - I was listening to the BBC world service (in the US) and they used it in a story about some in Croatia not wanting to join the EU. There's a referendum coming up, I gather. I'm fairly sure they were referring to Croatia and the countries around it as second world.

rubyroo

« Reply #32 on: January 10, 2011, 19:59 »
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Well, well, well!  That's synchronicity for you.  I've listened to and watched the BBC all my life and never heard that term used.

Thanks Jsnover!  :D

BTW, do you have English roots?  Something about your phraseology sometimes makes me curious.


 

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