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Psychology teacher posted this riddle on the board today: the word "world" written four times. All the "worlds" are stacked on top of one another.

WORLD  
WORLD  
WORLD  
WORLD  
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  • $\begingroup$ Do you have any more information you can provide to us? Not really sure what you're asking exactly. And welcome to PSE $\endgroup$ – n_plum May 18 '17 at 16:42
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. Is riddle the right term? Brain teaser? Finding hidden meaning. Anyway, that's all the information I have. Edited the question a bit. $\endgroup$ – landen May 18 '17 at 16:43
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    $\begingroup$ it is rebus I think? $\endgroup$ – manshu May 18 '17 at 16:46
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    $\begingroup$ Sounds about right. $\endgroup$ – landen May 18 '17 at 16:47
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    $\begingroup$ @n_palum the 'visual' can just be an arrangement of words. I might need to tweak that, its not actually that accurate. I'll ping you some examples of word rebuses in chat $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil May 18 '17 at 18:50
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I think this is

For all the world (or just for the world)

Because

There are four worlds, giving 'for' then 'all the world'

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    $\begingroup$ I don't get it. Is this a common phrase? I have been British English my whole life and never heard it. $\endgroup$ – theonlygusti May 18 '17 at 21:13
  • $\begingroup$ I've heard it in sentences such as "I wouldn't give you away for all the world" Also Google's NGram for that phrase: books.google.com/ngrams/… $\endgroup$ – Grant Davis May 19 '17 at 1:29
  • $\begingroup$ @theonlygusti yes its a common idiom $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil May 19 '17 at 6:08
  • $\begingroup$ @GrantDavis that's true actually. Like this though, as a standalone phrase, it's completely alien to me. I can't imagine that this was ever the intended answer. $\endgroup$ – theonlygusti May 19 '17 at 6:18
  • $\begingroup$ @theonlygusti surely you must have heard it at one point? Its pretty common. Used two ways: 1: I wouldn't do X for all the world, 2: Someone looked for all the world as if they were about to do X. In 1, it means I wouldn't do something for anything, in 2 it means you'd bet the whole world they were about to do something, they really look like they are about to $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil May 19 '17 at 6:21
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Teacher gave the answer. It is

World Series

Because

It is a series of the word 'world'.

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    $\begingroup$ Hmm, that's a bit tenuous. I prefer my answer more :P $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil May 18 '17 at 17:06
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    $\begingroup$ Haha, to be honest I do too @BeastlyGerbil $\endgroup$ – landen May 18 '17 at 17:08
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    $\begingroup$ At least draw connecting lines to show them in order or something? $\endgroup$ – Forklift May 18 '17 at 17:08
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I think the teacher is indicating the following:

Many people see the world differently.

Why I think this is:

First off, the teacher is teaching psychology and such an answer seems right up their alley. Secondly, I can demonstrate several answers with little difficulty. The puzzle still makes sense but the 'trick' is to see past the riddle itself.

1.

4 worlds = world series

2.

For the world

3.

Layered world

4.

The Matrix (pun on the mathematical definition)

5.

Flat worlds

Final thoughts

I cannot choose any one of these over the other. In fact, everything indicates they are equally valid. This doesn't make the puzzle unclear. It just adds another layer of depth to this very intriguing rebus.

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    $\begingroup$ So the solution itself is essentially "too broad," in other words? Perfect! $\endgroup$ – humn May 19 '17 at 0:59
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    $\begingroup$ I really like this answer. It's an interesting take on the deeper meaning of the puzzle. I also like #4. $\endgroup$ – landen May 19 '17 at 1:13
  • $\begingroup$ @humn that is exactly what I mean. :-) $\endgroup$ – user64742 May 19 '17 at 1:20
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    $\begingroup$ @landen Thank you. Number 4 was my personal favorite as well. If I had to pick one to submit, I would personally use that one. $\endgroup$ – user64742 May 19 '17 at 1:21
  • $\begingroup$ @laden can also : worlds under world $\endgroup$ – Jamal Senjaya May 19 '17 at 6:12

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