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Re: Third World Man



> The US is slipping into the second world as we
> speak, with no signs of a turnaround ahead.  Only the sheer size of
> the economy keeps people from believing it. 

Just a nomenclature peeve - I'm not sure of the precise time and 
place the (first|second|third) world meme originated, but it seems to
predate 1970, and until very recently it's meaning was clear:

First world: Western (and Westernized) nations - mainly the US, Canada, Western Europe, 
Japan, Australia, & New Zealand

Second world: Communist bloc (I can still remember the Cultural 
Revolution. Prior to that, the Communists seemed a monolithic force, 
marching in lockstep.)

Third world: The rest, mostly poor nations. 

Back then, the world was a simpler place. 


Peter Trei
Senior Software Engineer
Purveyor Development Team                                
Process Software Corporation
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