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?

America

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...
Look up "Thomas Paine's common sense: Addressed to the inhabitants of America."

'America' meaning the 13 colonies of Great Britain: Not Canada and certainly not brazil or Venezuela.

I'm not defending this usage, but I am defending the idea that America only started to be used after independence.
Yesterday 5:35am
Morgan (US) says...
You can also find many examples that show, well before independence, that the name 'America' was used to specifically designate the British colonies: The Gentlemen's Magazine, Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac, etc. can be found online. I'm not defending any given usage, but these documents do help to cast this discussion in a different light from this site's hypothesis.
Yesterday 6:06am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Where the 13 colonies the only English territory in America and in the world?
Yesterday 6:18pm
Anonymous says...
So you think that the English were the ones who did not know that the name America was the continent that they were sailing to and that the colonies where located in? What else would they have called them The British European colonies? The 13 British Asian Colonies? American colonies because they were in America. See, America was the name of the land, then everything else which was formed in the land became American. These 13 Colonies for the English were in America the continent.
Yesterday 10:13pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Morgan (US) says... "Central America provides you with a convenient issue with which to try to drown the fish. Once again it is our respective frame of reference that gives the explanation." At least you seem to be saying that it has some relevance when I mention Central America. Listen, one can not but think about it, since CENTRAL means "MIDDLE" and these countries in Central America are not in the middle of the U.S., but in the middle of the continent of America. ... Read More
21st May 2017 6:35pm
OFBG (US) says...
Mrs. Anonymous says... "...when I mention Central America...CENTRAL means "MIDDLE" and these countries in Central America are not in the middle of the U.S., but in the middle of the continent of America." True dat, but as with North and South America, references to continents and/or subdivisions of continents do not have anything to do with the long-standing colloquial reference to the USA as "America." Furthermore, you state that "Central America is located ... Read More
21st May 2017 8:29pm
Anonymous says...
I looked it up and it still says it is all of Central America in its own tectonic plate called "The Caribbean Plate". Mexico is not part of Central America, it is in North America.
22nd May 2017 6:47pm
OFBG (US) says...
"I looked it up and it still says it is all of Central America in its own tectonic plate called "The Caribbean Plate". Mexico is not part of Central America, it is in North America." Geographically, "Central American" nations include Mexico and those between Mexico and Colombia. Geologically, those nations north of the southern border of Mexico are part of the North American plate. So you are in part correct, but how does this apply to the idea that all of the ... Read More
22nd May 2017 9:32pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
So, Mexico is part of North America, the region of America in the North and also in the North American plate. Guatemala down to Panama is the region of Central America in America. It is also on a different plate than North America, and it is called the Caribbean Plate. A bit of Mexico, the southern border with Guatemala and Belize is on the Caribbean Plate, but that is so minimal that Mexico is still consider to be a region of the North of America. Meaning that it is not according to ... Read More
Yesterday 6:15pm
Omar (US) says...
@Morgan

Not relying use of colloquialism or other misnomers. If you are at all capable being honest for a few seconds and not spin or deflect.

Please give a very brief and precise answer to two simple questions. Correctly speaking,

What is named America?

Who are American?
20th May 2017 12:43pm
Eric says...
Seriously!? Isn't reading her previous comments enough to tell you that she is supports misrepresenting the United States as "America" and the nationality of its citizens as "American."

Hence doesn't wish to recognize the continent of America nor the people of the continent as Americans.

Don't expect an honest answer if any.
20th May 2017 1:08pm
Morgan (US) says...
Eric said: "Seriously!? Isn't reading her previous comments enough to tell you that she is supports misrepresenting the United States as "America" and the nationality of its citizens as "American." " No, I do not support misrepresenting anything. I support listening to and accepting as valid the points of view of all people concerned. That doesn't mean I agree with any one point of view or with any specific group of people. If you had read and understood ... Read More
20th May 2017 2:29pm
Eric says...
The problem is you seem to have an extremely loose definition of what constitutes Truth and Honesty.
20th May 2017 3:44pm
Morgan (US) says...
Eric said:

"The problem is you seem to have an extremely loose definition of what constitutes Truth and Honesty."

The problem is that you will accept no other views than your own. Yet there is much more to be said about the usage of the terms "America/American" than what you seem to accept.
20th May 2017 5:39pm
Eric says...
@Morgan

"The problem is that you will accept no other views than your own"

Your dishonest misconceptions are at best deceitful but not valid views.
20th May 2017 6:03pm
Morgan (US) says...
Eric said:

"Your dishonest misconceptions are at best deceitful but not valid views."

It is not deceitful at all to take into consideration the entire history of all concerned and not just that part which justifies your view of the problem. It does your cause no good if you cut yourself off from much of that history. You end up, yourself, with an invalid view.
21st May 2017 1:44am
Eric says...
@Morgan Validity of Truth is not dependent on the history of lies used to try and debase it.And no, they are not "my views." I'm simply voicing the truth. "It is not deceitful at all to take into consideration the entire history of all concerned" You mean the history of U.S.nationals (much like your self today) misrepresenting their nation and nationality by the name and demonym of the New World. The perversion of history and geography to aid in this deception. ... Read More
21st May 2017 10:31am
Morgan (US) says...
Eric said: "Validity of Truth is not dependent on the history of lies used to try and debase it. And no, they are not "my views." I'm simply voicing the truth." Your vocabulary betrays you: "Truth" with a capital "t". So you detain the "truth", and all else is lies designed to debase history. You make this sound like a religion. And more: "misrepresenting their nation ...perversion of history and geography..." Not at all. Obviously ... Read More
22nd May 2017 2:05am
Morgan (US) says...
Eric said: "Reflect on your self. Can't honestly say it has been a pleasure but good luck to you anyway." You would do well to take your own advice. You have made some progress, though. You came into this forum spewing insults before you calmed down and tried to make a contribution. But all you did was slide into authoritatian and stereotypical characterizations that couldn't hide your condescenion. It may not have been a pleasure for you, but it's been useful for the rest ... Read More
22nd May 2017 2:11am
Morgan (US) says...
@Omar and Eric: For some, "America" is the name of their nation, the United States of America, and their nationality is "American". For others, "America" is the name of two continents, distinguished by the qualifiers, "North" and "South". Their inhabitants are North Americans and South Americans, respectively (or simply "Americans", if you prefer), though it's more likely that they call themselves by their specific nationality. And ... Read More
20th May 2017 1:59pm
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