Indeed, U.S.A. is not America!

America is the name of a whole continent. United States of America means that the United States belongs to America and NOT that America belongs to the United States. So, next time you want to refer to The United States of America, you can do it as U.S. or the States or whatever you want but not as only America. Gotcha?

How should I use the term America then?

Here we will show you some wrong and correct uses of the term America:

  • This is how we do it in America.
  • This is how we do it in the States.
  • America is my country and I love it.
  • The United States is my country and I love it.
  • America lost the Vietnam war.
  • U.S.A. lost the Vietnam war.
  • Here in America we love Mc Donald's.
  • Here in the U.S. we love Mc Donald's.

Please, note that this page in not about demonyms (gentilics) but about the way to call a country.


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16th Sep, 8:25 PM
America/American is the continent/people of the New World.

16th Sep, 8:16 PM
Hawaii is an American state.

16th Sep, 8:15 PM
It's not a different issue. Mexico and America are both "united states". A "united states" are self-explanatory: A country made up of states that are united. USA chose America as its name and UMS chose Mexico as its name.

16th Sep, 7:01 PM
United Mexican States, they are Mexican States. United States of America is a different issue because not all the states in the American continent are part of the United States who formed after having been British colonies. All the states in Mexico are Mexican, not all the states in the continent of America are part of the United States of America. Not all America is in the United States of America, but the United States is in the continent of America.

16th Sep, 4:19 PM
Now what about Mexico? These are United States too. I think you should modify the correct uses and change United States for United States of America. It's not the rest of the world's fault that they chose such an ambiguous and generic term as their name.

16th Sep, 11:54 AM
The skull is American because it came from one of the countries in the American Continent.

16th Sep, 11:50 AM
how convenient is for the gringos to call what it is of interest to them America/American when other times they don't. A TV program today mentioned the "American Skull" when this skull was actually taken from Central America. Yes it is American but stick with it at all times and not only when it suits your taste.

16th Sep, 8:30 AM
North, South, East, West of neither Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, nor America are continents. Those are cardinal directions/regions of the continents.

16th Sep, 8:25 AM
America/American is the continent/people of the New World.

16th Sep, 8:23 AM
America was the name of the Continent before the U.S. even existed. It is still the name of the continent.

16th Sep, 8:22 AM
16th Sep, 3:00 AM Which two continents?

16th Sep, 8:22 AM
One Continent, One name :America

16th Sep, 3:00 AM
Two continents

16th Sep, 3:00 AM
Brazil didn't chose America as its name. America (the country) had already chosen its name United States of America in 1776 before Brazil became a country. Only country names matter. Besides it's continents North America and South America.

15th Sep, 11:00 PM
Gringo donkey History never is out of fashion, and nobody has the right to distort or makeup for convenience!!! Deal with it!! Where North AMERICA (Northern) and South AMERICA (Southern) got their names? AMERICA had to exists first!!! America already existed 300 years before your country Moron!! just watch, learn and shut up!! don't be ignorant !! in some facts your culture is really stupid!! just watch, learn and shut up!! don't be ignorant !! []

15th Sep, 8:55 PM
So America might had actually had been named after the Amerrique Mountains in the New World and also because there was a custom to name discoveries after the last name of the person rather than the first name so Alberigo changed his name in honor of the Amerrique mountains and German Cartographer honor these mountains too by naming the new world "America"

15th Sep, 8:50 PM
The Mayan meaning for Amerrique Mountains is "the land of strong winds".

15th Sep, 8:42 PM
The story says that when Alberigo met with the indigenous tribes the Central American Caribbean coastline he asked them about where they got all of the gold they were wearing and they mentined the Amerrique mountains. Alberigo was impressed and changed his name to Amerigo thanks to the gold mines in those mountains.

15th Sep, 8:37 PM
It is said that the name Amerrique is also the name of caribbean tribes in the area of Central America where the mountains are.

15th Sep, 8:35 PM
Amerrique is the indegenous name of the mountains in Nicaragua in Central America where the indigenous people mined their gold.

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