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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Mrs. Anons Greatest Hits says...
Mrs. Anonymous (US) wrote both of these things in one comment: “...people who began calling the U.S. as "America" did not think that the name belonged to a continent....” “So the same with the U.S., it was called by a name that people were familiar with, hence "America", because it was already known as a continent....” These two sentences clearly contradict each other. Which is it, Mrs. Anonymous? When people first began referring to English America as ... Read More
13th December 2017 1:34pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Before the ignorant began calling the nation America, the European elites called the new world, America. So, before they came to the shores...they were coming to the continent America, once they established colonies etc. the name that they knew from before was later used to call where they lived and as time passed they did not think about America the continent, but only America the nation and they began to forget that there was a continent under that name. Something like a metamorphosis ... Read More
13th December 2017 1:59pm
Lupe Hidalgo says...
Hey, go easy on Mrs. A. It is most likely not completely her fault that she doesn’t know what she is writing about. Latin America is notorious for the exceptionally poor quality of its schools — some of the worst in the world. That isn’t Mrs. A’s fault. Maybe she was simply stuck with a very poor education. Also, Latin America has a lot of child malnourishment. It was even worse decades ago when Mrs. A’s brain was developing. Maybe her brain development was severely compromised. This ... Read More
13th December 2017 2:06pm
Anonymous says...
Dilly dilly!
13th December 2017 2:42pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
How can you even joke on things like this. You don't even know the suffering these people go through and yet you put them as if they are the worst in the world by hitting me with their everyday reality. What you have done is sick! Shows you have no heart and no brain. People die everyday of malnutrition and you use it as an insult as if it is okay to laugh about it. This is your newest low. Poor you. and Anonymous too. Poor you!
13th December 2017 8:15pm
Anonymous says...
Yes! Fight Mrs. A’s fanciful musings with plausible musings.
14th December 2017 1:12pm
Anonymous says...
Mrs A. When people ask you for a Kleenex. Do you know what they mean? Do you hand them a tissue or take the stance of not giving them anything until they correct themselves and say tissue. America is used in the same manner. You know what people mean when they say America is USA or them identifying as American. It all really boils down to what? I believe you not liking it.
13th December 2017 1:42am
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
That is what we are debating here, the misuse of the name "America" to call a country, just as people misuse the name of "Kleenex" to call all facial tissues. I know what Kleenex is, and I know that it means a brand of facial tissues, although all facial tissues are not branded "Kleenex", people have used it without really realizing that not all facial tissues are branded "Kleenex". So, the debate here is to make people realize that what they are saying ... Read More
13th December 2017 1:40pm
Mrs. Anons Greatest Hits says...
The word isn’t being misused just because you are emotionally attached to it.
13th December 2017 1:50pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
You have to be kidding! So if one is trying to have a decent conversation about an issue or a debate you immediately think that we are stuck emotionally with the issue? I think you are the one who is emotionally stuck to this issue because of the way you write and what you write. But, I am not emotionally attached to it as you think. Quit analyzing me and analyze the issue at hand!
13th December 2017 2:03pm
OFBG (US) says...
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says... "To use any facial tissue and name it "Kleenex" does not change the meaning of what is being called "Kleenex", the facial tissue will still be a facial tissue." Yes! And to call the USA "America" does not change the meaning of what is being called "America," The USA will still be the USA. You are also correct in stating that the U.S. is not a continent. It is a country. Unfortunately, those facts do not support your ... Read More
11th December 2017 8:22pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
My point was that the the U.S. is only using the name of the continent but that the name of the continent is still the name of a continent. Just as people don't think about the truth behind what is "Kleenex"when they call any facial tissue "Kleenex", people who began calling the U.S. as "America" did not think that the name belonged to a continent and not to a country but like the people who don't know how to call facial tissue and instead they just call it ... Read More
12th December 2017 7:23pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
So, the name "America" became known as if it is the U.S. name but in truth is not. People in Europe, especially the English, picked it up from the continent's name. That was what they found when they came to the new world! That it had a name..and it was called "America" even before the thought of a nation was even in their minds. The Europeans who crossed the Atlantic before the U.S. was even a thought as a nation, after the name picked up in Europe thanks to the ... Read More
12th December 2017 7:32pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
" Unfortunately, those facts do not support your contention that "America" is the proper name of a single continent.".....that is another issue that is entangled with the name "America" so it is relevant to the subject of this site. The facial tissue example is just for the name itself, but for the issue of two continents instead of one, that is perfectly explained by Matthias Ringmann in his explanation on why he was giving the new world the name ... Read More
12th December 2017 7:40pm
Sheik El (US) says...
...therefore, the U.S. i.e.,"united States", is NOT, and never will be a "national" name, rather, a "corporate designation", and, in the Western Hemisphere, only the indigenous nations are "Americans", by nationality and descent! The "European/white" individual here in this particular part of it, is neither! The United States, regardless of whether 1 billion, or a trillion people say so, is simply, "the United States"...OF America, ... Read More
10th December 2017 6:12pm
OFBG (US) says...
Your use of "Period!" suggests that you are familiar with "The Greg Gutfeld Show" on FNC, but have neither his insight - which, to be fair, is not all that great - nor his sense of humor. Contrary to your assertion that "only the indigenous nations are 'Americans'," there are no "indigenous nations" in the Americas. The creation of "nations" came only after the influx of Europeans, their establishment of colonies in the lands of ... Read More
10th December 2017 9:21pm
Sheik El (US) says...
When it comes to the Western Hemisphere, aka, "America", European immigrants came here, thinking that they could actually change who they were/are by Nationality and Descent, and started calling themselves "Americans", perhaps, to differentiate themselves from their European brothers and sisters, and to also perhaps create a new "identity" simply based upon "relocation". However, the European, is no more "American", than a Chinese person is an ... Read More
10th December 2017 6:05pm
OFBG (US) says...
European immigrants did not come here "thinking that they could actually change who they were/are by Nationality and Descent," but to gain a better life. They did not start "calling themselves 'Americans';" people in their countries of origin - predominantly England - chose that name for them.
10th December 2017 9:26pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
I agree with you that people in Europe called the people in the new world "Americans" and especially in England since they were traveling to a new land, new continent, and the name was coined in Europe.
10th December 2017 10:56pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
But so did other Europeans called the new world "America" too.
12th December 2017 7:42pm
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