USA is not America

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?

America

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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Mrs. Anonymous says...
"No one named the continents"...??? I don't know you, but I was taught that this continent was named by a cartographer who with the help of his colleague, Ringmann, and using maps and documents written by Amerigo Vespuccio on his trips to South of the new world, came up with a map, known as the first map of the new world and gave it a name. The name given to this new continent was in honor of Vespuccio who correctly knew it was not Asia but a new world. Thus, the map had in the ... Read More
Yesterday 3:54pm
Anonymous says...
Mrs. Anonymous said: "You can't think for those who named the continents. Even if today we find out that they named them erroneously according to our geological knowledge of today, we can not be changing what it is accepted as it was named." No one ever "named" the continents. There were suggestions that became commonly accepted for a time and among certain peoples, but there have been other peoples who have seen things differently and who have adopted other practices. ... Read More
12th February 2016 7:19pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Its easy to say "oh everything has been a suggestion so we shouldn't accept it as it is and we should be against it cause we know better." But, if we all do that this world would not survive. For the sake of peace and communication things were named. Some of those things were the continents. It is funny that when it is of the U.S.'s interest, Central America is only Central America..like when the immigrants are crossing he U.S./Mexico border but when it is convenient to add ... Read More
Yesterday 3:43pm
Samuel (Liberia) says...
It's engrossing to hear all the lively debates on this topic. It just goes to show how passionate people are over the name America today and what it means to many! Interestingly, before Canada today, it was merely the name of just two provinces (the Canadas) and part of British North America. The USA was once called by some as the United States of North America. Mexico in the early 1800s was once known as Mexican America. There was the United Provinces of Central America and the United ... Read More
12th February 2016 12:28am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
at this time in history, most countries in the continent kept the one continent and the original name America. The U.S. has divided the continent and taken the name of the original continent to itself. As far as I can tell, the first one is supported with facts. The second does not seem to have facts as to how it got the name of America, without using the original continent America supporting facts. Not one here has been able to tell us how the U.S. came up wit the name America to name its ... Read More
Yesterday 11:56am
Samuel (Liberia) says...
That is what makes this a terrific discussion. There must be something history has not told everyone. I have a brother who is a researcher and he informed me the real motive behind why the colonists fought for independence from Britain was to have their own American Empire from the beginning. It is also a mystery why the later American republics did not keep the name America in their names in one form or another following their own independence, because if that were the case then the US would ... Read More
Yesterday 7:49pm
Anonymous says...
8th February 2016 4:12pm Anonymous said: "But according to 'your way of thinking' the Sinai Penninsula should be in the center of a continent, perhaps called Eurafrasia." On 8th February 2016 11:26pm Mrs. Anonymous said: "What does the Sinai Peninsula has to do with center of anything? Where is the comparison?" It's amazing that you can't see the parallel with your own position on the Americas. If the Americas comprise a single continent with distinct ... Read More
10th February 2016 4:36am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
As far as continents, my way of thinking does not apply nor does yours. What is, IS. You have to read history and find out how continents got their names. Its not that I can't see parallels, its just that the parallels that you are showing does not really show the reality of the continent of America being one and not two. You can't think for those who named the continents. Even if today we find out that they named them erroneously according to our geological knowledge of today, we can ... Read More
10th February 2016 8:28pm
Anonymous (US) says...
"What you just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response, were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it."
11th February 2016 7:06pm
Anonymous says...
Anonymous (US) said: "...At no point in your rambling, incoherent response, were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. ..." This post of Mrs. Anonymous is typical of her half-baked thinking. She goes no further into her analyses than what she needs to support her own positions. And she is indeed incoherent. When she says "What is IS." we see that there is no room or reason for any rational discussion. Human history is not comprised of a ... Read More
12th February 2016 7:04pm
Anonymous says...
Mrs. Anonymous said: "Its not that I can't see parallels, its just that the parallels that you are showing does not really show the reality of the continent of America being one and not two." "One and not two", but that's according to you. Many other people think differently. You speak of the "reality of the continent", but there are many realities: historico-cultural, geographical, geological, geo-political, ...etc. What gives you the right to decide which ... Read More
12th February 2016 7:12pm
Anonymous says...
Mrs. Anonymous said: "But, when America was named, people were more knowledgeable and the new world what ever was there was named America." Not at all, it was a historical process that had different outcomes in different countries and civilizations. And today there is plenty of latitude for calling the Americas two continents or one, as you wish. There is plenty of latitude for saying that there is no country named 'America' or, in contrast, saying that 'America' in ... Read More
12th February 2016 7:31pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
so I guess you are a bit of relativist thinking nothing is absolute truth. If I think that way then even the name of a country is not true because its changeable. Maybe next century the U.S. will finally realized that they stole the name of the continent and then start to come up with antoher name fo the U.S.. So nothing stays the same like you are suggesting it happens.
Yesterday 11:59am
Anonymous says...
On Feb 8, 6:22am Anonymous said: "To keep the peace the official name for the entire landmass should just be "The Americas" in reference to the three subregions. Could we all at least agree to that as a start?" To keep the peace? The peace is easily kept on this subject. Online debates are eminently peaceful--no guns, no violence. On this site there has been a good deal of verbal violence, but the original perpetrators seem to have faded away. And those characters have ... Read More
10th February 2016 3:50am
Anonymous (US) says...
I think that this website is retarded and should be taken down!
10th February 2016 12:44am
Anonymous says...
Anonymous (US) wrote:

"I think that this website is retarded and should be taken down!"

The basic premise on this website is not unreasonable, though the sought-after outcome of many posters is totally unrealistic. The website is poorly designed and configured so as to render impossible any in-depth exchange or any coherent debate. The intent there is vicious, dishonest and self-serving, but it isn't retarded.
10th February 2016 3:57am
Anonymous says...
To those of you who "do not like" this comment, I suggest that you comment upon it rather than just indicating that you don't like it. Show us that you do indeed have something to say. Show us that you've "got something down there where it counts" and give us an explanation.
12th February 2016 9:41am
Anonymous (US) says...
most people from the States are very ignorant. we're referred as Americans by Europe but what are Americans in reality? Canadians are Americans,Mexicans are Americans and for those ignorant people Mexico is past of north america not central and there is no such thing as central is just north and south but the government here in states and citizens mostly Caucasians act is if they are superior to all the other countries. news flash you're not. the Caribbeans are Americans too. When ... Read More
9th February 2016 4:04pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Yes there is such thing as "Central America"
Read about it learn and educate yourself.
Columbus did not name the continent.
The continent was named by the German Cartographer Waldseemuller.
He did not name it "Americas"....
The correct name of the continent as it was named is "America"
10th February 2016 12:15am
Anonymous says...
Mrs. Anonymous, did you really not understand that this incoherent and illiterate poster is basically on your side?
12th February 2016 9:47am
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