They’re ‘Developing’ Or ‘Low Income;’ Not ‘Third World’ Nations
There have been a few times recently when we’ve referred to “third world” nations. As Goats & Soda has previously explained, that’s an out-of-date expression.
We basically agree with The Associated Press:
“Avoid use of this term. Developing nations is more appropriate when referring to the economically developing nations of Africa, Asia and Latin America.”
“Developing” has its critics, as Goats & Soda noted. But the word does describe a nation’s situation, without as openly assigning a lesser (“third” vs. “first”) status.
As always, of course, action words can work better than labels. Rather than simply saying a nation is developing, facts about its status can help tell the story.
- “Third world” is out.
- “Developing” is OK.
- Action words may be better alternatives.
(“Memmos;” June 1, 2017)
June 1, 2017