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Old 10-20-2011, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Now I have been reading these forums for sometime, months.When ever I venture into the city vs city aspects the most common mud battle being the city is worldly. I have always found that term intresting. New Yorkers, Chi, etc lay claim to being worldly. However having traveled to many nations, and many other states, I tend to find people who label a city worldly based on the fact that they have people from other nations there to have a limited understanding of what is actually worldly. Just because you live in a city with a high immigration rate does not make you (personally)worldly. Do you speak multi -language?do you have a decent understanding of the other nations history? Do you understand their political systems and the major players,pop culture references , etc. These things might entitle you to lay such claims, till then your just someone who knows where to get good food from said nation.. Any city with a decent size population can open the world and other cultures up to you that includes Houston. I have found other nations more worldly than the average american, even those from New York,L.A Or Chi(for example).
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Old 10-20-2011, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Pearland, TX
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Now I have been reading these forums for sometime, months.When ever I venture into the city vs city aspects the most common mud battle being the city is worldly. I have always found that term intresting. New Yorkers, Chi, etc lay claim to being worldly. However having traveled to many nations, and many other states, I tend to find people who label a city worldly based on the fact that they have people from other nations there to have a limited understanding of what is actually worldly. Just because you live in a city with a high immigration rate does not make you (personally)worldly. Do you speak multi -language?do you have a decent understanding of the other nations history? Do you understand their political systems and the major players,pop culture references , etc. These things might entitle you to lay such claims, till then your just someone who knows where to get good food from said nation.. Any city with a decent size population can open the world and other cultures up to you that includes Houston. I have found other nations more worldly than the average american, even those from New York,L.A Or Chi(for example).
Every time I hear that word it conjurs up a religious connotation meaning "bad".

Just sayin'...

Ronnie
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Old 10-20-2011, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Where nothing ever grows. No rain or rivers flow, Texas
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material girl : worldly man
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Old 10-20-2011, 03:59 PM
 
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To me, it just means that there's a lot of people from all over the World.

People tend to think it's better because usually is people with money that can afford to travel around the World.
But the reality is that there's dumb people in every country in the World.
And you could easily have a "Dumb Wordly" city.
It's just not likely to happen, because dumb people usually don't have money to travel around the World.
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:31 PM
 
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I use wordly to describe people, not cities. As in "he's very worldly" vs "That's a diverse/sophisticated/international city". To me wordly means having seen/tried/tasted/understanding many things from many cultures and understanding many aspects of life.
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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"Worldly" is used differently in a secular context than in a religious context. When in the latter, it means something like "only concerned with things of this world", e.g. paying little or no heed to spiritual matters. When used in a secular context it means well-travelled, cosmopolitan, familiar with foreign cultures, etc.

Simply having many immigrants does not make a city "cosmopolitan" or "worldly". A truly "cosmopolitan" city would be influenced by multiple cultures, have a significant well-educated and well-travelled population, and bilingualism or multilingualism would be the rule rather than the exception. I don't know if there is a truly "worldly" city in the United States, but there are definitely places that are the opposite of worldly. One of them would be my hometown, Duluth, MN.
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Old 10-24-2011, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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I use wordly to describe people, not cities. As in "he's very worldly" vs "That's a diverse/sophisticated/international city". To me wordly means having seen/tried/tasted/understanding many things from many cultures and understanding many aspects of life.
This.
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Right, it describes people. People who have become familiar, voluntarily, with things outside their normal social environment, with a willingness to accept and respect the dignity of people who have a different cultural outlook from their own.
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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"Worldly" is used differently in a secular context than in a religious context. When in the latter, it means something like "only concerned with things of this world", e.g. paying little or no heed to spiritual matters. When used in a secular context it means well-travelled, cosmopolitan, familiar with foreign cultures, etc.

Simply having many immigrants does not make a city "cosmopolitan" or "worldly". A truly "cosmopolitan" city would be influenced by multiple cultures, have a significant well-educated and well-travelled population, and bilingualism or multilingualism would be the rule rather than the exception. I don't know if there is a truly "worldly" city in the United States, but there are definitely places that are the opposite of worldly. One of them would be my hometown, Duluth, MN.
If there's nowhere in USA that meets your definition of 'worldly', then I don't think anywhere is going to meet it.
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:55 PM
 
Location: "The Gorge"
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Funny thing I left this thread to check on a newspaper I read on a regular basis. I found this article:

12 countries in 12 months: Teen travels world, with care | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/10/24/2719845/12-countries-in-12-months-teen.html - broken link)

Epitome of worldly!

To be worldly is be open and understand cultures and needs of others outside your realm of normal.
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