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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28th Mar, 1:48 AMI am very impressed with the video in youtube posted by the guy in the last comment. It is incredible how the vernacular influence of a country thanks to the diffusion of English language and a smart influence of the media has spread out an erroneous concept about what is America to many people. The facts in History are unquestionable especially when they are endorsed by a legitimate document in the events of History. The lecturer clearly says "The cartographer put the name of America at the Southern of the CONTINENT". On the Map who got to America its name in 1507. The cartographic document that is the birth certificate of America "The continent" since 1507. Who is believing ridiculous things? Who is ignorant?.or alienated with a fake? North America and South America (The Northern and the Southern OF AMERICA, both got their names from AMERICA as the domain name, the only one new world as a new continent. Who wants to believe misconceptions and fakes is free to do it. Like the guy postings below says : nobody has the right to distort or accommodate what is true and became it in a vernacular makeup, just for a convenience.
27th Mar, 11:21 PM27th Mar, 3:16 PM Somebody has answer to your melancholic response instead of me. You are a very sensible lady. You are naming believe in "ridiculous things" to what History and documented cartography proves in the time line of the History?. So, you are ignorant and alienated by a vernacular heritage. Not the name of AMERICA only , but also to what History demonstrate are you ignoring or distorting just for your vernacular convenience? You inspire pity. . Nobody has the right to makeup or distort what is true. Watch, put attention, and learn !!! [www.youtube.com/watch?v=3maelyKRvu4 ]
27th Mar, 6:24 PMAmerica/American since 1507.
27th Mar, 6:24 PMAmerica/American is the continent/people of the New World. America is name given by Martin Waldseemuller for the New World in 1507
27th Mar, 6:23 PM27th Mar, 3:16 PM What exactly is ridiculous about the fact that the name America was coined for the continent of the New World? That America is the name of the entire continent, not the name of your country? Your country's name is The United States (of America long form, as in union of states in the American continent). What exactly is ridiculous about the fact that Europe is a continent? That Asia is a continent? That Africa is a continent? That America is a continent? That's ridicules? Tell that to the man that coined the name for the New World. Megalomaniacs. Come up with a better name for your country if you don't like The United States. The name America is taken.
27th Mar, 3:16 PM26th Mar, 9:13 PM I'm not going to disregard your rude comment. I actually think it's good that you're showing your true colors. Someone who needs to resort to personal attacks to prove a point is clearly incapable of forming logical conclusions. It actually makes sense that someone with your temperament insists on believing ridiculous things, so thanks for demonstrating for us.
27th Mar, 1:38 PMThe history of America from the Incas to the present must be taught in its smallest detail, even if the Greek Archons go untaught. Our own Greece is preferable to the Greece that is not ours; we need it more. Statesmen who arise from the nation must replace statesmen who are alien to it. Let the world be grafted onto our republics, but we must be the trunk. And let the vanquished pedant hold his tongue, for their is no patria in which a man can take greater pride than in our long-suffering American republics. -- Jose Marti
27th Mar, 1:14 PMA ME RI CA = NEW WORLD.
27th Mar, 1:01 PMWe are not Europeans; we are not Indians; we are but a mixed species of aborigines and Spaniards. Americans by birth and Europeans by law, we find ourselves engaged in a dual conflict: --Simon Bolivar
27th Mar, 1:01 PMAmerica/American since 1507.
27th Mar, 1:00 PMAmerica/American is the continent/people of the New World. America is name given by Martin Waldseemuller for the New World in 1507
26th Mar, 9:13 PMOK. Putting aside what I was rude at the end of my comment. Nobody has the right to makeup or change what is written in the time line of History and proved by cartography. If you has been tought with that version about what "America" means, that's an issue of your vernacular. You are free to believe it, but remember what really means the name "America" sustained by solid foundations by millions of people not alienated with your culture. It is not a matter of your language or culture.
26th Mar, 8:22 PMI almost feel bad for you.
26th Mar, 8:16 PM26th Mar, 3:59 PM language is constantly evolving,? Maybe, then probably The United States will be named "Biafra", so idiot your argument. it is not a matter of language evolving, it is a matter of History. History is History and never it is out of fashion, don't be ignorant!!! your knowledge just excite me if one of your bimbo blondes in many porno movies repeat what you say.
26th Mar, 4:24 PM25th Mar, 11:21 PM: Oh by the way, you used the word "pathetic" to describe my geographical knowledge. Going by your logic that the first person/people to coin a term get to decide the meaning of that term for all of eternity and that all evolutions of that meaning are incorrect, you just said that my geographical knowledge "affects the emotions" or "excites the passions." And to that I say, thank you, I am glad my knowledge excites you. You see, that is what the 'word' pathetic meant at first, the insulting use of the word did not come about until the 20th century.
26th Mar, 3:59 PMOops. Looks like your argument is full of *censored*. Not only does it not matter how the Founding Fathers used terms because language is constantly evolving, the Founding Fathers actually agree with the use of the word that you claim to be incorrect. So the word 'America' has been used to describe the United States of America, for hundreds of years. Are you seriously saying that people all over the world, over the course of hundreds of years, including the American Founding Fathers, have been using the word incorrectly? That seems unlikely.
26th Mar, 3:56 PM"To confirm this*censored*ertion, let us recal your attention to the Affairs of America, since our last Address." - Olive Branch Petition. 1775
26th Mar, 3:56 PMIn this dangerous crisis the people of America were not abandoned by their usual good sense, presence of mind, resolution, or integrity. - John Adams, Inaugural Address. 1797
26th Mar, 3:55 PM"I have heard it*censored*erted by some, that as America has flourished under her former connection with Great Britain..." - Thomas Paine, Common Sense. 1776
* showing the last 20 shouts.26th Mar, 3:55 PM" Done at Philadelphia in the State of Pennsylvania the ninth day of July in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy-Eight, and in the Third Year of the independence of America." - Articles of Confederation. 1777