Three number questions

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Dear Teacher:

What do these two expressions mean, and from where did they originate?

Fifth estate

Third world

Second City


I've heard of a First World and a Third World, but never a Second World.

I've heard of a Second City but never a First City.

I've heard of a Fifth Wheel and a Fifth Column, but what is the Fifth Estate?

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Not to contradict, but according to my research, the person that coined the phrase "Third World" was French demographer Alfred Sauvy. At that time, he'd divided the globe into the First World, meaning the Capitalist nations, the Second World, which were the Communist nations, and the Third World, which were the rest, and mostly underdeveloped.
 

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I think it's one of those phrases that have accrued a whole slew of possible origins, and I think too that Ouisch's research may have a better basis for acceptance ;-)
 
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