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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Jayden (US) says...
in european portuguese,people from the US are called "norte-americanos" in brazilian portuguese,they are called "estadunidenses' anyway,american is anyone from the continent. people from the united states should be called united statesians.
Yesterday 9:21am
Morgan (US) says...
"...should be...", but they aren't. Too bad.
Yesterday 7:26pm
Anonymous says...
Not only are we not called by that ridiculous name, in no way “should” we be called United Statesians. The ways other languages sometimes do things isn’t relevant to what we call ourselves or our country. Obviously the English language isn’t required to use the conventions and definitions of other languages. We should be called exactly as we are. Our country is America and our nationality is American.
Yesterday 7:51pm
Anonymous says...
Ok one thing's clear. I hate when people from the USA called themselves Americans. It annoys the heck out OF oh I'm American. Proud American and all that stuff. I'm from a country in South America And you know what? I'm American too. And proud to be so too. I belong to this amazing continent. So does from the USA, stop stealing our name or else let us call ourselves American too! Loved the article. It's true.
14th March 2018 7:13pm
Anonymous says...
You can call yourself whatever you want. I will allow it. We and the world will continue to call our country America and its citizens Americans. Your thoughts on the matter will not change how these words are used and what they mean. Billions of people, through their usage of these words, have determined their meaning. Your preferences and complaints are but an ineffectual drop in the ocean. We don’t care that you don’t like how billions use these words. Tough titties.
15th March 2018 12:09pm
Anonymous says...
I should have outlined that of course people from the USA can call themselves American, coz they are too, but I hate the expression on the faces of people when I say I'm American and it turns out Im not from the USA. The only thing I would want, is for your ppl not to think you own the name America.
15th March 2018 5:20pm
OFBG (US) says...
So in other words, it's not that referring to the USA as "America" is incorrect, you just don't like it.
Sort of like how I feel about putting ketchup on a hotdog.
19th March 2018 8:57pm
Morgan (US) says...
20th March 2018 3:16am
Anonymous (US) says...
The United States of America has the word "America" in its name, no other country does. Saying the continent your on, or even including 2 possible continents, is just stupid, just say the country, and since the USA is the only country with "America" in its name, it shall be the only country called "America."
13th March 2018 9:26pm
Jayden (US) says...
America is not just the US. the US is mostly part of america,but hawaii,guam,and american samoa are not part of america. both columbia and colombia are part of america. columbia is a city in south carolina and colombia is an american country. american samoa has been referred to as US samoa by rob paulsen. the US should be renamed to terra diverse. and people from there should be called terra diverseans. americans aren't just people from the US. also,you didn't list any correct uses of ... Read More
13th March 2018 12:56pm
Shyi (US) says...
I agree with E
The combo of North America & South America Continent is technically America.
If your from Pennsylvania then your an Pennsylvanian for those who engage in correcting their Nationality Status.
Far as Nationality and filling out forms [lic. reg. etc.] your a US citizen not American Citizen. Due to Contract law...
7th March 2018 12:54am
Mr. E (Canada) says...
There is no continent called "America". It's actually 2 continents called North America and South America. I'm Canadian so I would contest that we are the biggest part of America (referring to both north and south) and the States have the most americans. The U.S. shouldn't be called America but at the same time, if we don't call them "americans", what should they be called? Staters? Unians?
3rd March 2018 12:09pm
Anonymous says...
Actually, in English, the Americas can be called America. It isn’t very common, but that is one of the multiple meanings of America in English.
3rd March 2018 1:53pm
Shyi (US) says...
7th March 2018 12:43am
Jayden (US) says...
well,it should take after united arab emirates,,being called united american states. people from united arab emirates are called emiratis, so people from united american states would be called statespeople.
13th March 2018 12:42pm
mrs.Anonymous (US) says...
That name is already being used for the group made up of all American countries in the continent of America: Organization of American States. See, that all people in the continent of America are Americans and all States in the continent belong to the organization of American States.
15th March 2018 11:22pm
Jayden (US) says...
(mrs.anonymous) oh,but american is anyone from the continent,so what shall we use to refer specifically to people from the united states,united statesians?
20th March 2018 10:27pm
Jayden (US) says...
(mrs. anonymous) isn't tennessee a state?
Yesterday 9:24am
Jayden (US) says...
referring to USA as "the states" wouldn't work because of the states of mexico. fun fact:the first usage of the word america is the Waldseemüller map.
24th February 2018 12:51am
Anonymous says...
But it does work, in real life and real language, as evidenced by the fact that “the States” is a regularly used colloquial name for the USA. Natural language doesn’t obey your “rules”.
24th February 2018 1:55am
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