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When talking about Earth, is it "the World" or "the world"? Gronky 14:24, 5 July 2007 (UTC)

It is "the world". —Stephen 19:28, 6 July 2007 (UTC)
No, it is definitely "the World", as there is only one World. But figuartively speaking, we have the "abstract world", the "real world", but not if it is any planet. So, it would be correct to add another entry for "World" and move the second meaning from here, "The Universe", to there. Sae1962 09:43, 29 August 2011 (UTC)
But there are plenty of worlds, e.g. Mars. I've never seen "the world" capitalised like that to refer to Earth (or in fact at all). Equinox 09:47, 29 August 2011 (UTC)
That's correct. If we write about a planet, is not capitalised. The opposite is the case, if we write about our Earth, as then, it is a proper noun. Sae1962 09:50, 29 August 2011 (UTC)
Simply not true. Do a search in Google Books, on the Web, etc. "All the money in the world" does not capitalise "world". "Where in the world?" does not do so. Please show a counterexample. I have temporarily reverted your edit. Equinox 09:52, 29 August 2011 (UTC)

Necessarily a Planet?[edit]

Does a world have to be a planet? Any body in space, moon, dwarf planet, etc could also fit having world applied to it I would have thought. 02:35, 26 October 2007 (UTC)


"World" is also an adjective, meaning "of or pertaining to the world", as in "world history", "World War II", "world hunger".

No, that's attributive use of the noun. Most English nouns can be used as if they werre an adjective. This does not make the word an adjective, just as using a wrench to hammer nails does not make it a hammer. --EncycloPetey 15:10, 12 March 2008 (UTC)

Missing sense in "means the world to me"?[edit]

Wyang (talk) 00:14, 19 April 2013 (UTC)


Is "IPA(key): /ˈwɔɹld/" a recognized pronunciation? I swear I've heard "world" pronounced like " 'war' + ld" before. Squirrelous (talk) 13:42, 19 January 2016 (UTC)

Subtly different video-gaming sense[edit]

In (mainly Japanese) video games, "world" refers to a stage or level, specifically not an entire world, but more like a single "land" or region. Mario games have this, for example. I noticed it particularly in Super Pang, where the player travels from one country to the next, flying around the globe in his aeroplane, and yet each individual country is called a "world". I suppose this might also explain the need for overworld when talking about an entire game world as opposed to individual levels. Equinox 14:08, 28 March 2016 (UTC)