Third world

A thought about the term “third world”.  By the way, Third World and third world are both correct spellings.

I think it’s a vague and rather silly term.  Why?  Because virtually no one can correctly and accurately tell you:  What exactly defines a First World country?  What is a Second World country?  Is there a Fourth World country?

I know respected writers who don’t know, and say: “Gosh, never thought about it…”  But everyone knows Third World country means poor.  How poor?  Are there official lists?  Not every person in a “poor” country is poor.  And in a first world country like the US, not even 5% of Americans are “rich” (however “rich” is defined).  Why not find a more specific and deadly accurate term?

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