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 (US) says...
I put the US as my country even though I'm not from there. I put it there because one day I'll live there.
17th May 2018 8:08am
Jayden (US) says...
where are you from?
17th May 2018 2:22pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
14th May 2018 4:45pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Forget the content of the video since it is not part of the discussion but take a look at the plaque in front of the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. What is the name of the country she represents is written on that plaque.
14th May 2018 4:47pm
Jayden (US) says...
am i the only one who agrees with you,mrs. anonymous?
21st May 2018 9:14pm
philippe277 (US) says...
I've never understood why this is such a problem. No American is actually suggesting their country comprises the entire Western Hemisphere. I've never met a soul who suggested this. They simply want a short, simple name for their country, and "America" is both shorter than "United States", and warmer than an acronym like "USA". Not only this, but no one refers to North & South America as "America" anyway. They call it "The Americas". ... Read More
13th May 2018 3:04am
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
"Not only this, but no one refers to North & South America as "America" anyway. They call it "The Americas". So there is no actual overlap."

I am sorry but you are wrong. Millions of people call the whole landmass "America" as one continent and not Americas. You just have to check your facts. America is a continent for many people ever since it was named!
14th May 2018 2:06pm
Anonymous says...
Absolutely agree with you.
18th May 2018 5:39pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Are you implying that the USA can get away with stuff because it is mighty and powerful?
14th May 2018 2:11pm
Anonymous (Argentina) says...
Americans can't say they're latino because they are not. They can't say they're North American because this also includes Latinos. They can't say they're United-Statesian, because other countries are called, "The United States..." of something. Plus that's not a word in the English language. The only thing left is to use the name that is in the official documents. America. If you Google "american flag" what comes up? When islamic extremist say, ... Read More
12th May 2018 11:04am
Julia (US) says...
Can and do.
12th May 2018 5:14pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Americans are all peoples in the continent of America. Latino is a person whose mother language derives from the Latin root and not necessarily one from the South or Central of America. French speaking people are Latins too. Therefore, Canadians should be Latinos too. There are many U.S. citizens whose mother language is Spanish, or portuguese, French, Italian, etc.. so these are Latin too. So, people in the United States could be Latinos, Anglos, etc. Not other country is called The United ... Read More
14th May 2018 1:50pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Sure, the Official name of the country is "United States of America". But when it comes to govermental organizations or offices, the short and offical name is "The United States, never "America". U.S. Passport, U.S. Embassy, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coins, U.S. Dollars, U.S. Congress, U.S. Senate, U.S. Capitol, U.S Library of Congress, U.S. Visas, etc etc.etc.
14th May 2018 1:55pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
No one is hating the name of the country, United States of America is a strong name but one has to accept the possible way in how they named it. By the time the U.S. became a country, it was mostly to stand against the British Crown and Spanish Crown. These were Europeans and so to make it clear that the new country was not in Europe nor part of Europe, the country used the name of the continent in which they were in, thus America. The example of the haters of the USA from the middle East ... Read More
14th May 2018 2:01pm
Anonymous says...
I disagree that Muslim extremists say "Death to America". Obsviously there are countries who say that and refer to the American policy in their country but it's completely wrong to classify all these people as Muslim extremists because they are not.
18th May 2018 5:43pm
Anonymous (Argentina) says...
It's the USA. The A stands for America. The official name for México is Estados Unidos Mexicanos. Which translated to English is Mexican United states. So following the same logic, why should the U.S.A be the only country referred to as the "United States"? Furthermore south America is a continent, north America is quite a different continent geopolitically and culturally. The fact that south America sends their own soccer teams to the world cup and north America sends their own ... Read More
12th May 2018 10:58am
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Los Estados Unidos is the name of the country that is located in the continent of America. Before Mexico was a country, United States became a country, so your argument about the U.S. using it because of Mexico, is invalid. One because Mexico named its country after the U.S. did, and also because the name is not United States of Mexico, but Mexican United States, that is different.
14th May 2018 1:33pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
America is one continent. North is the North of America and South is the South of America, if not how do you think they were named as such? Also, you are wrong! The subdivision of America called "North America" sends not one team but every country sends their own team, Mexico, Canada, and U.S.A. Plus, Central America (which they erroneously place in North America) sends their own teams to the world cup too. North America is not a continent, maybe a subcontinent but is the ... Read More
14th May 2018 1:38pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
"In places like South America no one ever says "Soy Americano". They tend to identify themselves as "South Americans", "Argentines" or "Latinos". This is true throughout all the american continent." They would not in the content that the USA has monopolized the name "Americano" but people still consider themselves Americano from the continent of America. Its funny that you just contradicted your own writing by ending with the sentence ... Read More
14th May 2018 1:44pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
How it the name "America" was thought of and formed:
"And in the sixth climate toward the Antarctic, the recently discovered farther part of Africa . . . and a fourth part of the world (which may be called Amerige, as if meaning "Americus' land", or America) are situated"
10th May 2018 11:26pm
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