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 says...
Throwing in a bit of Latin doesn’t make your “arguments” any less fanciful. Is America a word?
30th May 2018 12:31am
Anonymous says...
“The etymological fallacy as a semantic error is the mistake of confusing the current meaning of a word with the meaning of one of its etymons, or of considering the meaning of the etymon to be the "real" or "true" meaning of the current word. If one's goal is to communicate, then the "real" or "true" meaning of a word is its current meaning. Since the meanings of words change over time, often considerably, the meaning of an etymon may be very ... Read More
26th May 2018 8:38pm
Jayden (US) says...
you can't disregard history and replace a proper noun's old meaning. proper nouns keep their original meanings.
27th May 2018 11:16pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
That is an example of how WORDS can change from time to time but is NOT an example of Proper names.
28th May 2018 1:35pm
Anonymous says...
Proper names are comprised of words. Obviously. Therefore, the rules that apply to words also apply to proper names. Obviously. Think, damn you.
28th May 2018 2:40pm
Anonymous says...
Is America not a word? It amazes me that you expect to be taken seriously.
28th May 2018 3:25pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Its not as you think “post hoc, ergo propter hoc," America is not one kind of word that has been falsely used from its etymology. Its etymology is Amerigo Vespucci. So, we are not using its etymology Amerigo to mean America because the word has changed to its new meaning thus a continent. It is not part of the WORDS in that respect as the example in the link provided. It is not just a word, it is a proper noun and it is not an etymology fallacy. If we were to say like ... Read More
28th May 2018 10:38pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
We are not confusing the meaning of "America" with its etymons. Its etymons is Amerigo Vespucci and we are not calling the continent Amerigo vespucci nor saying that Amerigo Vespucci is a continent. If this is not what you are talking about then what? If you see that the etymons do not change just because one wants it to change what changes is what comes after the etymons. America's only etymon is "Amerigo Vespucci", unless you happen to know of another one.
28th May 2018 10:48pm
Anonymous says...
You are so, completely, totally, full of b.s.
28th May 2018 10:56pm
Anonymous says...
Is America a word?
28th May 2018 10:58pm
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
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Jayden, we both agree with what has been accepted in many countries and as it originally came to be a new world one continent named America.
28th May 2018 1:37pm
Jayden (US) says...
what i mean is the video and the UN name plate thing. i agree with the UN name plate.
30th May 2018 1:49pm
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
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