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. Anonymous (US) says...
Other issues might not be valuable for the search of the truth in how the U.S. appropriated the name of the continent.
There is plenty of things to say about the history of all the American countries. Their failures, and their accomplishments might not be relevant for this discussion unless it has to do with the name "America".
Yesterday 9:34pm
Anonymous says...
Hon, no one is saying otherwise.

But you should be more careful of the way you say these things and what it is you're saying.

More often than not your posts contribute nothing to the discussion and offer ambiguous views of things that are ultimately worthless.

Just try to think carefully about what it is you're trying to say and take your time putting it into words.
Yesterday 9:47pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
That is right I have not said that the USA is terrible. I liked to live in Latin America as much as I like to live in the USA.
All countries have their bad side. Here we are discussing how the U.S. took the name of a continent for itself. The example of Manifest Destiny was to show that there was evidence that the U.S. had intentions of becoming a continent's nation by spreading all the way to the Pacific and over the other lands too. Hence use and take the name of the continent.
Yesterday 9:31pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
not kidding, the more I read about this Manifest Destiny the more we can learn about how the U.S. imperialism surged and how the name America has been part of that as well.
Yesterday 12:29pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Actually the taking of the name America.
Yesterday 12:31pm
Anonymous (US) says...
Mrs. Anonymous Yes yes, the USA is such a terrible country with a whole lot of attrocities against both its peoples and invaders. Hey, its history nobody is perfect. We learn and we move on. Its easy to question decisons once it has played out. All in all The USA has been great in offering recompense when needed. its unfortunate you can't say the same for your good old Latin America because it sits on the sidelines being busy oppressing its own people. By the way, you post as if you are a ... Read More
Yesterday 1:56pm
Anonymous says...
Anonymous (US)
Nobody said the U.S.A is a terrible country, don't make things up just because you lack an argument. The U.S.A has many great things and many bad things (like every other country in the world).
Yesterday 2:36pm
DrNewWorld says...
The Monroe Doctrine was what helped keep the European powers out of the Americas. They felt they had the right to settle the continent however they wanted without interference from Europe. Leaders from both North and South America supported it. The US recognized the sovereignty of their American cousins in the South and they became an ecomonic power without having a global presence. It wasn't until the Roosevelt Corollary that trouble started, since it turned the US to a global police force ... Read More
Yesterday 4:54pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
There is some piece of history that the U.S. would probably like to hide. Its about two words: Manifest Destiny.
This idea brought the fall of many, including the American natives. It was the idea that the U.S. should spread all over the continent. It helped in annexing Texas, California, New Mexico etc. It morphed into what we knew as the "Monroe Doctrine" and also helped in the filibustering of many Gringos to Latin America. One being William Walker.
7th October 2015 11:46pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Thomas Paine: 1776 from the "Common Sense" pamphlet:
"We have it in our power to begin the world over again. A situation, similar to the present, hath no happened since the days of Noah until now. The birthday of a new world is at hand..."
Since the very beginning the idea was to take over and now they have taken the name of the continent.
7th October 2015 10:37pm
Anonymous (US) says...
Nowhere in either the Declaration of Independence or the US Constitution are US citizens called American citizens. They are referred to as "citizens of the United States", which is the correct term since the US is the country. Whenever the Founding Fathers called themselves "Americans" they did so to distinguish themselves from the Europeans from both a continental and cultural standpoint. All those born and bred in the New World are American, since America is the ... Read More
6th October 2015 11:12pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Could it be that the true move was that the entire continent would become the United States and that is why they included the continent's name. They spread all the way until Mexico stopped them and Canada did not want to be part of the newly formed United States.
7th October 2015 2:20am
Anonymous (US) says...
Mexcio stopped the USA? In what fantasy world do you live in that you honestly believe that Mexico ever stopped the USA. Do yu recall the Mexican American War? Who won that again! Oh how about Texas, Yep Mexico lost that too. The only reason Mexico was allowed to exist is because the USA simply didn't want or need it. This is also me not bashing Mexico, just some true and simple facts unlike Mrs. Anonymous
7th October 2015 3:38pm
Anonymous says...
Mexican American war? Why would a continent fight a country? Never heard of it, sorry.
7th October 2015 5:56pm
Anonymous (US) says...
Mexican American War? No, the true name of that war was just simply called the Mexican War, as how it is documented in the Library of Congress. Get your history straight.
7th October 2015 6:39pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Wasn't the original idea of the U.S. to expand throughout the continent. ?
The Expansionists...they thought they had the mission from God to spread and make a world as they saw fit.
7th October 2015 7:37pm
Anonymous (US) says...
In response to the expansionist question by Mrs. Anonymous, I would say yes and no. The US, driven by Anglo American culture, felt they had a divine obligation to spread their civilisation all the way West to the Pacific Ocean. While it is true they still had to contend against Amerindians and Mexicans in order to do this, I am not sure if expanding down South into Latin American territory was ever part of their original intent. Keep in mind that by the time this idea of US expansion was at its ... Read More
7th October 2015 10:52pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
I understand that there was a division among peoples and states regarding annexing all of Mexico. The idea was there during the Mexican war, however I think that the seceding of California and New Mexico from Mexico was enough for the U.S. to end the idea of annexing all of Mexico.
7th October 2015 11:33pm
Anonymous (US) says...
STFU! I'm American and you're not.
5th October 2015 4:04pm
Anonymous says...
You'll need a better argument kid.
5th October 2015 4:21pm
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