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?


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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Morgan (US) says...
Mrs. Anonymous said:

"but words evolve???? lol...some here say that America is an evolving word and linguistically changes with time."

No, not at all. It's the USE of the name "America" that evolved. People began to use it to mean what it really meant for them.
23rd October 2016 3:37pm
Clamdigger (US) says...
We are in charge, we make the decisions, we are Americans. If your ***** country rises to the top, what to refer to us as will be the least of the world's problems.
23rd October 2016 11:55am
Anonymous (US) says...
America is a continent, the North, South and central are sub continents of the American Hemisphere
22nd October 2016 7:04pm
OFBG (US) says...
There is no "American Hemisphere."
The globe comprises both Eastern and Western hemispheres (by international convention); "{the Americas" are within the Western hemisphere along with many other nations, including parts of Great Britain, Europe, and Africa.
22nd October 2016 10:18pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
but words evolve???? lol...some here say that America is an evolving word and linguistically changes with time. So, American Hemisphere should be looked as evolving don't you think? And another thing, you seem to accept what has been known for years and years and was determined by the world before the new world was founded even before the U.S. was founded and so why is it that people here can't accept what was also in the same manner determined by the same old world in giving this whole ... Read More
23rd October 2016 12:17pm
Anonymous says...
I'm not gonna lie, Estadounidense is a really cool sounding name, but it just won't work in English. Is "Statesider" close enough?
22nd October 2016 3:09pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
How about United Statian?
22nd October 2016 8:23pm
OFBG (US) says...
Only if there were no other "United States" in the Americas.
Oh, and please don't get into the nuances of Spanish and Portuguese. Both Mexico and Brazil are "the United States of" in the vernacular.
22nd October 2016 10:28pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
The very first country with the word "United States" is the United States of America. If you don't know the history on how these SOVEREIGN States got united and formed this union which became a nation you will not understand the name. For the Brasil and Mexico their names are nor the United States of, at least not anymore, but if they were ever named that it was a different historical issue that they adapted the name in question. For the states in those countries were not ... Read More
23rd October 2016 12:27pm
OFBG (US) says...
"Statesider" might work if you were only conversing with residents of the USA in comparison with other nations, most likely those "across the pond." Otherwise it is ridiculous.
22nd October 2016 10:24pm
Anonymous (US) says...
what about us loving mc donalds
20th October 2016 3:22pm
Anonymous (US) says...
but murica'!!!
20th October 2016 11:15am
Anonymous (US) says...
news media, south america is owned by Spain and north america by france
18th October 2016 6:31pm
Anonymous (Ireland) says...
You can use america for the USA with no problem its widely accepted and doesn't cause any confusion because there are other terms to avoid confusion you say the america's to included it all or north america to included canada and USA or South america, no problem at all with using just america for the USA

put it this way if some one was to say where they were from would they say I'm a statien or an american...
17th October 2016 2:29pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
where do you put Central America? It is one thing to be widely accepted and another is to be using a name that belongs to the continent where there are other countries too.
18th October 2016 12:56am
Eli says...
Actually the US of A never named itself, it comes from the Declaration of independence an later repeated in the Constitution. The name I is a description (a union of states in the continent of America) not intended as a name when first used, the founding fathers likely used this term instead of a list of states because at the time of signing they were uncertain as to which states would ratify thesentiments expressed therein. You can tell it was not meant as am name because the word ... Read More
19th October 2016 4:31pm
Eli (US) says...
'Americas' was supposed to read 'Americans'
19th October 2016 4:35pm
OFBG (US) says...
The source of your post is "Ireland," but what defines Ireland? Where within "Ireland" do you reside? I only ask because your place of residence raises much the same question as "who is American?" with in some sense, even more ambiguity. If you are a citizen of the Republic of Ireland there would be no question if you called yourself "Irish." On the other hand, if you are a citizen of Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and ... Read More
21st October 2016 10:10pm
Anonymous (India) says...
17th October 2016 9:42am
Arti (Germany) says...
Dear hosts, still no edit on the "Holland" term, fix it, not Holland but Netherlands. Politically and socially incorrect, you are embarrassing yourselves. Personally a laughing stock to me and how paradoxic of you, who demand political correctness on the differentiation of USA and America but fail to write down Netherlands instead of Holland. Next time do your research, before you list countries here in the selection.
16th October 2016 9:23pm
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