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Cosmopolite – Metropolitan

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.