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The words – COSMOPOLITE and METROPOLITAN –
are used in reference to world travelers and large cities.
COSMOPOLITE is the noun form referring to a person who is COSMOPOLITAN –
from the Greek words – COSMOS meaning THE WORLD,
and POLIS meaning CITY.
It is pronounced by placing the accent on the middle part of the wor
– COS – MOP’ – OLITE.
The word METRO means MOTHER – and POLIS meaning CITY (mother city).
A COSMONAUT is a sailor of the world,
whereas an ASTRONAUT is a sailor of the stars.
The word – POLICE – also is derived from the word – POLIS – city;
however, the words – TO POLISH and POLITE – come from a Latin verb POLIRE
which means to make shine.
There is a connection in these words because generally
if you live in a METROPOLIS you are, supposedly, better polished
than someone dwelling in a remote hamlet.