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    Default Do you say "upping country"?

    Hello people,

    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

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    Default Re: Do you say "upping country"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kengo View Post
    Is it natural or even acceptable to say "upping country" instead of "developing country"?
    No

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    Default Re: Do you say "upping country"?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Do you say "upping country"?

    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.

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    Default Re: Do you say "upping country"?

    Hi Tdol

    I've heard "emerging country" but never knew the difference from "developing country".
    Great answer as always.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: Do you say "upping country"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kengo View Post
    Hi Tdol

    I've heard "emerging country" but never knew the difference from "developing country".
    Great answer as always.

    Thanks a lot.
    I didn't know they were the same thing either, but had assumed emerging was just the new euphemism. I've learnt something today.

    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.

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    Default Re: Do you say "upping country"?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Not that I would suggest moving backwards.
    Are we allowed to use that word these days?


    psst. typo -ephemeral

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    Default Re: Do you say "upping country"?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    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
    Maybe "upping country" is to appear next to emerging...?

    Thank you for the list though. Some new words to me.

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    Default Re: Do you say "upping country"?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    No
    The only idiomatic context I can think of for the word 'upping' is the collocation 'upping the ante' (an abbreviation of 'upping [i.e. raising] the ante-post stakes [i.e. the odds available before the day of a race]'); this is a fairly close synonym (except for the 'ante-post' bit) of the more common 'raising the stakes'.. (The sense 'raising' si sometimes used informally, often with reference to a small adjustment: 'I suggest upping the dose by 5 mg'.

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    Default Re: Do you say "upping country"?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    The only idiomatic context I can think of for the word 'upping' is the collocation 'upping the ante' (an abbreviation of 'upping [i.e. raising] the ante-post stakes [i.e. the odds available before the day of a race]'); this is a fairly close synonym (except for the 'ante-post' bit) of the more common 'raising the stakes'.. (The sense 'raising' si sometimes used informally, often with reference to a small adjustment: 'I suggest upping the dose by 5 mg'.

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    Thanks BobK. I understood this example clearly.

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