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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OFBG (US) says...
I thought that Canadians were among the most "multicultural" folks on the planet.
So why would you not accept America's refusal to go metric?
Does your acceptance of other cultures only apply to those you agree with?
15th February 2018 11:40pm
Justin (US) says...
I wonder if Australians have this same problem?? :/
8th February 2018 12:43am
Anonymous says...
Australia is a country in the continent of Oceania. I bet New Zealanders have the same problem when people of the USA refer to Australia as a continent.
8th February 2018 10:41am
OFBG (US) says...
Why would they? New Zealand is - for lack of a better term - an "extracontinental" landmass, much like the larger islands in the Americas.
9th February 2018 11:34pm
OFBG (US) says...
And, specifically, what "problem" is that?
9th February 2018 11:22pm
Justin (US) says...
Most people just say US and nobody in the US, that I have ever heard, says "the States", except Canadians. And it would sound very odd to use USA in a sentence, like you illustrate.

And how about Americans? Is that wrong too? What else would we call ourselves?
8th February 2018 12:36am
Anonymous says...
You could call yourselves "united" or "staters" or whatever you want. But don't use the name of the continent, because the continent doesn't belong to you.
8th February 2018 10:43am
OFBG (US) says...
Anonymous? You sound a lot like "Mrs Anonymous."
And might I say again, "we" would not have referred to ourselves as "Americans" exclusive of the rest of the Americas unless most of the rest of the world did so.
9th February 2018 11:38pm
Anonymous says...
If you don't mind calling yourselves after the continent that your country is in, its okay to call yourselves Americans but be mindful that the name also pertains to the rest of the people in the continent of America. The rest of the countries chose good names for their countries and so that is why they can call themselves either Brazilians, Argentinians and chileans, but they are also Americans for being on the same continent as USA.
8th February 2018 12:26pm
OFBG (US) says...
Absolutely, but how many of them call themselves first "Americans" rather than a name that refers to their country of origin?
9th February 2018 11:40pm
Marcela Lopez OLmos (Argentina) says...
That's right!
I heard the speech of a professor in US and he said "I always call this country United States because I think is a little arrogant to appropriate the name of a whole continent just to refer to a single country"
6th February 2018 2:22pm
OFBG (US) says...
"I always call this country United States because I think is a little arrogant to appropriate the name of a whole continent just to refer to a single country."
Can you clarify? Did the professor mean that he doesn't refer to the United States of America as such, or just does not usethe widely-used shorthand of "America?"
7th February 2018 9:33pm
Anonymous says...
Widely used but not rightly used, which is different.
8th February 2018 12:27pm
Philipp (Germany) says...
I'm from Germany. For us, America is the name of a continent. If imperialist British were to use the demonym "European" to refer to themselves, we would react the same way as true Americans (Canadians, Argentines, Brazilians, etc.)
5th February 2018 4:26pm
OFBG (US) says...
Why would the British refer to themselves as "Europeans" in the first place? If you hadn't understood this before, perhaps "Brexit" should have enlightened you.
And why are citizens of the USA any less "true Americans" than "Canadians, Argentines, Brazilians, etc."?
7th February 2018 9:37pm
Philipp (Germany) says...
US citizens are AS Americans as Canadians, Argentines, Brazilians, etc... The American continent was discovered and explored by Spaniards and Portuguese, and they named it "America". When the term "America" was coined by Martin Waldseemüller, it appeared printed over Brazil. North America was labelled as "Terra Incognita" (unknown land).
8th February 2018 10:38am
German (Argentina) says...
The concept of the "two different continents", North and South America, which is supported by the English language, is wrong. The English language recognizes that the name of the whole continent is "America" in the name of the U.S.A. It says "United States of America", and not "United States of North America". So, stop being arrogant and invent a name for your country, but don't use the name of the continent!
2nd February 2018 11:40pm
OFBG (US) says...
We go through this same tedious argument every time a newbie enters the "discussion," but this time I'll try a different tack.
How do you feel about the "Union of South Africa?"
7th February 2018 9:43pm
Anonymous says...
That would not be the same because we know that there is only one continent in Africa and so South Africa would only mean the South of Africa. However, the poster has a point, if you all believe in the 2 continent idea and the U.S. is on the continent that you name North America, hence the name of the United States should had been United States of North America, but since the name was coined when the new nation was known to be in the continent of America, thus they adapted the name of the one ... Read More
8th February 2018 12:34pm
Anonymous says...
I am from Argentina. Argentina is a country in a continent called America. So, I'm American. But wait... are we discussing Geography with people from the USA? They are the most ignorant people on Earth when it comes to Geography.
2nd February 2018 11:31pm
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