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 (US) says...
Famous Enlightenment era author Alexis de Tocqueville wrote a book called De La Démocratie en Amérique, also known as Democracy in America, which was about how the young country was growing and how it compared to the European nations. Even as early as the early 1800s people from foreign countries were referring to the United States as America. Should we take in historical usage as a factor.
Yesterday 12:51pm
Rose (US) says...
There is no continent America. There are two continents in America, North America and South America. U.S. means United States. Mexico also uses it, as in the United Mexican States or the United States of Mexico (two correct English translations of Estados Unidos Mexicanos). The United States part is the type of political connection, not the name. Mexico shortens their country's name to Mexico as we shorten ours to America. As Chris Kirk stated in a Slate article, "I’ll call myself ... Read More
26th February 2017 7:09pm
Arti (Germany) says...
Yay then let us rename Georgia, the country, into something else, the population of the US state of Georgia might feel offended too. Your thoughts are gibberish. We already held countless discussions and debates about America as a continent with sub continents North and South vs North America and South America as no subcontinents. Different points of views on the continents. Republican either depicts a member of a Republic in opposition to a monarchist or a member of a certain republic party, ... Read More
26th February 2017 10:47pm
Nunez says...
Ummm... Are there really US-American citizens who think North America refers to Minnesota and South America to Alabama?
25th February 2017 2:50am
Morgan (US) says...
Nunez said: "Are there really US-American citizens who think North America refers to Minnesota and South America to Alabama?" No. 'US-American' is not a nationality. There are no US-American citizens at all, anywhere, only US citizens. None of them believe that "...North America refers to Minnesota and South America to Alabama". Some of them will say that "Minnesota is in 'northern' America" and that Alabama is in "southern America". Many ... Read More
25th February 2017 6:29am
Anonymous says...
Take you condescending and ignorant rants somewhere else. NO ONE that I know of is that stupid to think that Minnesota is only in North America or that Alabama is literally in South America.
25th February 2017 2:05pm
Nunez says...
First let me thank you for responding. Why so angry? Please don't be rude. My English is not bad yours neither. But from what you've said some 'US Citizens' are inarticulate. You said: "None of them believe that "...North America refers to Minnesota and South America to Alabama". " You said none, but then contradict what you just said. Saying that there really are those who think North-ern America refers to Minnesota and South-ern America to Alabama is ... Read More
25th February 2017 3:26pm
Anonymous (US) says...
Sorry for my response then. Lately there have been some rude posters on this site that have been posting offensive things and I mistakenly thought you were a troll. Sorry about that. But to answer truthfully, we know that the full name of our country is the United States of America. It's only logical, at least in English, to refer to our citizens as Americans. It's been like that since our independence, and it won't change for the foreseeable future. We refer to Northern states and ... Read More
25th February 2017 3:41pm
Nunez says...
@Anonymous
Thanks again for responding. Can you please explain why you believe that the laws of logic would change upon speaking English?
25th February 2017 8:48pm
Morgan (US) says...
Nunez said: “First let me thank you for responding. Why so angry? Please don't be rude. My English is not bad yours neither.” Thank you for responding further. Sorry if I sounded so angry and rude, but, as Anonymous said above, we’ve been dealing with some very rude (and vulgar) posters recently who simply deride any serious arguments or considerations. Coming after some very abrasive posts here recently, your post did indeed sound preachy and snide to me. English is my native ... Read More
26th February 2017 3:26am
Morgan (US) says...
@Nunez , who said: “Is the name of your country really America?” This is controversial and thus it is the subject of this website/forum. Strictly speaking, no, the country’s name is not ‘America’, but the ‘United States of America’. I always respect this convention, but many of my fellow citizens do not. It isn’t their fault; the name ‘America’ was widely used for the British colonies collectively, well before independence. When the country took the name ‘United States of ... Read More
26th February 2017 3:29am
Morgan (US) says...
@Nunez, who said: “But from what you've said some 'US Citizens' are inarticulate.” "None of them believe that "...North America refers to Minnesota and South America to Alabama". " “You said none, but then contradict what you just said. Saying that there really are those who think North-ern America refers to Minnesota and South-ern America to Alabama is saying practically the same thing. Don't you realize that?” No, it isn’t practically the same ... Read More
26th February 2017 3:33am
Morgan (US) says...
The problem here is in the difference between, for example: 1) ‘North America’ (the continent or subcontinent, as you prefer); 2) ‘the northern (part of the) US’ (or northern America, as preferred by some of my fellow citizens), with ‘northern’ usually spelled with a small ‘n’; 3) ‘the north’ (and likewise the ‘south’, the ‘east’ or the ‘west), meaning the north of the US 4) or, more specifically, ‘the North’ or ‘the South’ as in the Union and the ... Read More
26th February 2017 3:36am
Morgan (US) says...
@Nunez “You said: "Many more of them will likely say that "Minnesota is in the north" and that Alabama is in "the south" (of the US, or of America" “ Shouldn't that be for example "northern United States", "the north of the United States", or even "the United States' North". No, what I’ve said is quite correct and standard usage. Most people, most of the time will say that ‘Alabama is in the south’. It’s shorter and ... Read More
26th February 2017 3:39am
Morgan (US) says...
@Nunez “Are there really US-Americans that believe Columbus discovered the USA? Did Amerigo explored the USA?” Now, you sound snide again, as though you’re mocking us or trying to give us lessons. No, of course Columbus didn’t discover the USA, and Vespucci didn’t explore the US either. But all over the world people say that ‘Columbus discovered America’. Some people may think that the use of the name ‘America’ is restricted to the US, but there is no official basis for ... Read More
26th February 2017 3:45am
Jean says...
Not every US-American once made aware feels comfortable with their disclosed ignorance nor resulting fallacies.

VERITAS OMNIA VINCIT
25th February 2017 2:16am
Morgan (US) says...
Jean, for truth to conquer all, it must be all of the truth and not just a part of it. Especially not just the part that serves the political purposes of a given faction.
25th February 2017 6:59am
Windsor (Canada) says...
How about rename the state to Dumbfućkistan and call everyone who lives there Dumbfućkistanis? That would solve everything I bet.
25th February 2017 1:11am
Arti (Germany) says...
@Windsor (Canada)
How about we leave it as the USA and debate the colloquial term, that is the forum's topic? Your idea wouldn't solve anything and calling an entire country's population dumb, is beyond childishness. If you want to rename it, maybe you should start a petition. Good luck with that.
25th February 2017 3:12am
Morgan (US) says...
Terrific contribution here, Windsor. Just terrific! Eloquent, well researched, right on topic and full of foresight. What, you don't believe me? You're right. I'm just kidding.
26th February 2017 9:14am
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