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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Anonymous (Canada) says...
So people from the US are United Staters? Columbus, the person who supposedly founded America, never set foot in what is today the United States. Oh and there are two continents called America;North and South. The countries of Central America are part of North America, geographicly speaking.
Today 8:54pm
Anonymous (US) says...
People living in the U.S are U.S citizens, people living in America (The Americas) are American.
Today 9:36pm
Anonymous says...
Bunch of third world aholes attempting to discredit the United States. No on cares about this. I live in the United States, I am an American. If you live in Mexico you are not an American you are a Mexican. Tough luck for the idiots trying to change reality and history.
Today 11:09am
Anonymous (Canada) says...
You don't have to like it you ignorant sheep, the U.S is located in America and you can do nothing to change that :)
And by the way, Canada and Latin European countries are not third world countries you uneducated fool.
Today 12:04pm
darth vader (US) says...
what the *****
Yesterday 1:55am
Anonymous (US) says...
23rd November 2015 1:59pm
Anonymous (US) says...
The people from the United States of North America are North American.Everyone from the continents are Americans,people just have to specify from which America. The people (for example) from Mexico are Central American including the Caribbean islands. And the people from Colombia,Venezuela,etc are called South American. It's that simple!
20th November 2015 6:50am
Anonymous says...
1.- It's the United States of America, not of North America. And yes, the U.S is located in North America.

2.- Yes, everyone living in America / The Americas is American.

3.- Mexicans are North Americans, not Central Americans.
20th November 2015 11:01pm
Anonymous says...
Anonymous said:

"1.- It's the United States of America, not of North America. And yes, the U.S is located in North America."

I suggest you have a look at:

Casares, Julia
Dicionario Ideologico de la Lengua Espanola
Gustavo Gili S.A.
Barcelona, 1990

"Estados Unidos del America del Norte"
23rd November 2015 8:09pm
Anonymous says...
"The United States of North America" it's a common mistake, but there is no country named that way. Mexico (technically) is also the United Mexican States of America / North America, but that's not the real name is it? The United States of America or United States for short, United Mexican States or Mexico for short. Simple.
24th November 2015 2:22am
Anonymous says...
Mexico is part of North America. Central America is just Central America. The Caribbean is not part of Central America, it is its own distinct geopolitical region within the Americas.
22nd November 2015 2:33pm
Proud American (US) says...
“The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism" George Washington When I say I'm American, you know precisely what I mean. It might upset you- and frankly I don't care. I have a right to identify myself as I please and as we have for centuries. We might argue semantics all day long but in the same way "South Africa" does not merit a "Wait like Tanzania South Africa or appropriating a ... Read More
18th November 2015 2:40pm
Proud American and Mexican (Mexico) says...
Shame, this gringo is not proud of living in the U.S.A.
18th November 2015 4:41pm
Anonymous says...
Do you always answer your own posts?
23rd November 2015 8:10pm
Anonymous says...
"Sorry you can't get over it but you damn sure won't change it so..." Nothing needs to be changed buddy, Americans have been Americans since the New World was named America :P
23rd November 2015 2:08pm
Anonymous (US) says...
I understand this and I think it makes sense (though maybe it should be corrected that the Americas are more of a region, and actually in the two different continents of North America and South America?), but is it still okay to call those from the United States of America as Americans? Or do you propose changing them to something else?
16th November 2015 11:41am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
So I like to understand this:

Two nations with the same name or two nations with the name of the continent they were in.

United States of America

Confederate States of America

We know that the Confederates States were not successful but still the name says a lot.
13th November 2015 10:00pm
Anonymous says...
Even in the CSA Constitution it said the name of the country is the Confederate States, or the Confederacy.
13th November 2015 11:25pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Well the ones I have been reading say the name is :Confederate States of America.
14th November 2015 2:05am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
okay, so let me understand this: At some point the sourthern states of the United States seceded from the union to form a new nation. These states wanted to become another country a new nation and not being part of the United States. They named the new nation "Confederate States of America" Mmmm? So if they wanted to be a different nation and they adapted the new name of Confederate States of America, then why take the name of the nation that they wanted to break apart from? At least ... Read More
13th November 2015 9:54pm
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