Is it natural or even acceptable to say "upping country" instead of "developing country"?
I assume "developing country" is the most common term but it would be good to know if it could serve as a synonym.
Thanks in advance
I have never heard it used. Emerging country/market is sometimes used for countries that are progressing and are no longer developing countries. This is sometimes sub-divided into advanced emerging and secondary emerging according to the degree of progress achieved.
I've heard "emerging country" but never knew the difference from "developing country".
Great answer as always.
Thanks a lot.
Funny how they are as ephemoral as they are oblique. The more indirect, the faster they sound nasty:
crippled > handicapped > disabled > challenged
retarded > mentally disabled > mentally challenged > at risk
third world > developing > emerging
Not that I would suggest moving backwards.