Posted by Dinah on January 24, 2009, at 21:02:08
In reply to Re: Hmmm » Dinah, posted by Sigismund on January 24, 2009, at 20:56:47
Yes. And the third world was originally intended to mean "everyone else". Which would cover a pretty wide range of countries. Thinking of it as developing vs developed seems to be incorrect on my part, in terms of original useage.
It's my admittedly ignorant observation that the term has come to mean more than that. I think I also ran across a site that said it's come to be considered a negative term and that countries don't really like it applied to themselves. But that's a pretty cursory look on my part, so I could be totally wrong in that. For all I know it's the preferred term.
I always enjoy the opportunity to explore these things.