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 says...
Just because another country could be called Iceland, for example, does not mean that it is stupid or wrong for the Icelanders to call their country by that name. In reality, there is not confusion because only one country ACTUALLY IS called Iceland. Sure, other countries could be called Iceland, but only one ACTUALLY IS. It is the same when the US is called America. Only one country ACTUALLY IS called America, so given the context of discussing a country, there is no confusion. Also, only one ... Read More
4th June 2018 8:27pm
Anonymous says...
Where did you get this idea that a country’s name has to reflect characteristics that are unique to that country? For example, the weak argument that the US can’t have America in its name because there are many countries in the Americas. Or that the US can’t be called the United States because there are other countries that are comprised of united states. This is not how things are, nor is it how they should be. You make up these fake rules and then get all butthurt that the US doesn’t ... Read More
4th June 2018 8:17pm
Anonymous says...
Norway is ‘north way’ or ‘the way to the north’. There are many other countries that can be the way to the north. El Salvador is named in honor of Jesus Christ, the Savior. There are many countries that revere Jesus. Australia is the ‘Southern Land’. There are many countries in the Southern Hemisphere. Ecuador is not the only country on the Equator. Canada means ‘village’ or ‘settlement’. Is Canada the only country with villages and settlements? Deutschland means ‘the ... Read More
4th June 2018 8:15pm
Anonymous says...
Mrs. Anonymous wrote, “The history of the United States is simple....” Exactly how is it simple? The United States of America is the wealthiest and most powerful nation that has ever existed. It has a population of 320 million that has been drawn from all over the world. It has a huge territory that includes almost every single type of climate and ecological zone. It’s main language is the closest thing the world has ever had to a universal language. Many of the technologies that make our ... Read More
4th June 2018 8:05pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Look again to the Organization of America Estates, who is meeting today. The name of the country is "United States" or do you see Mexico using the same name? of course not.
4th June 2018 3:54pm
Peter (Germany) says...
Thank you very much to all the admins of this page. There are at least some people who have enjoyed a couple of Geography lessons. Still I would like to proceed one step beyond. We are talking here about a name of a country. Wikipedia says "A name is a term used for identification". So, of course America is absolutely useless here. The term " the states" is not very helpful as well, because there are many countries consisting of several states. The term "united ... Read More
3rd June 2018 12:54pm
Jayden (US) says...
why have united states in the name at all? make the official name "federal republic of usonia" and the short-form name "usonia" and the demonym "usonian"
3rd June 2018 6:45pm
Anonymous says...
No. We are happy with the United States of America, the United States, America, US, USA, and the States. We will stick with these. Thanks for playing.
4th June 2018 8:32pm
Jayden (US) says...
America consists of multiple countries. i will never refer to the country as america. America consists of multiple countries. america consists of 35 countries. america is made of different countries. america is everything from greenland to chile. america is the name given to the new world by martin valdseemuller in 1507. also,america is a ghost town in oklahoma.
5th June 2018 1:15am
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Peter, have you ever called Mexico "The United States"? Seriously! The United States are the United States in the world as the country in America. Estados Unidos Mexicanos, when one calls it Estados, is referring to Mexico and only in Mexico! Noone outside of Mexico would call Mexico just "the States"! that is unheard of. The history of the United States is simple and different from any other country in America, thus it has conserved for its own, the name known to the entire ... Read More
4th June 2018 3:50pm
Anonymous says...
Is America a word?
30th May 2018 12:33am
Jayden (US) says...
no,it is a fictional beast,like alot.
30th May 2018 4:31pm
Anonymous says...
How very clever.
30th May 2018 5:16pm
Mrs Anonymous (US) says...
Anonymous you really need to read and peace out. Your ad hominem is getting old!
29th May 2018 11:20pm
Anonymous says...
Is America a word? It’s no mystery why you won’t answer. Pathetic.
30th May 2018 12:27am
Anonymous says...
It’s much more than simply an attack on you. It’s mainly an attack of your “arguments”. Is America a word?
30th May 2018 12:29am
Anonymous says...
I dare you to say that America is not a word.
28th May 2018 11:24pm
Anonymous says...
Triple dog dare you.
28th May 2018 11:25pm
Anonymous says...
You have already shamelessly embarrassed yourself so many times. What does once more matter?
28th May 2018 11:26pm
Anonymous says...
your argumentum ad hominem gives you in. Read the other answers if you can read.
29th May 2018 11:13pm
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