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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Jayden (US) says...
counter-example to your example:united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland. great britain and northern ireland isn't the name of the country. any country with "united" in its name is an exception to the convention. people from the us have never been the only americans. mexico is part of america. hawaii is not. the founding fathers named our country knowing that america was the name of their continent so they were name united states of guess which continent.
4th April 2018 5:27pm
The intelligent one (US) says...
It was called the united states of america because it was a bunch of states in the american continent, therefore it was named after our continent not the other way around. The US is not america, it is part of america. Deal with it.
5th April 2018 7:57pm
Jayden (US) says...
your comment fits with your name
11th April 2018 6:50pm
American says...
This is simply *****. I can prove your entire website wrong. With the following undeniable facts. 1. Every country has a right to name itself. 2. There's no rule a country can't reuse a continental name. South Africa Isn't actually called "South". 3. The founding fathers (including Washington) alpmg with founding documents called it America and the people have ALWAYS been EXCLUSIVELY American. 4. Americans are the only people on Earth whose Demonym is American. 5. USA is ... Read More
4th April 2018 3:25am
Anonymous says...
"2. There's no rule a country can't reuse a continental name. South Africa Isn't actually called "South"."

no. 2 is debunked since there is no continent called "South Africa". And you are accepting that the country is using the continent's name.
12th April 2018 2:48pm
Anonymous says...
". The founding fathers (including Washington) alpmg with founding documents called it America and the people have ALWAYS been EXCLUSIVELY American." No document says that the name was originally a country's name. They just picked up the name of the continent and went with it since they wanted to separate themselves from Europeans conquerors and the British Crown. They embraced the name of the continent they were living in, and so American is the correct name but for all those ... Read More
12th April 2018 2:51pm
Anonymous says...
"4. Americans are the only people on Earth whose Demonym is American." Not everywhere on Earth are they called Americans, mostly in the English speaking world or in the English territories. In the rest people from the U.S. are called Estadounidense, Stati Uniti etc. Now if you want to see it on a different angle, it is correct to call people from the U.S. as Americans, due to the FACT that they are in the American continent. Too bad that they don't have a nice name/denonym and ... Read More
12th April 2018 2:59pm
Anonymous says...
"6. The naming convention alone proves it. Most countries on Earth use it. (Type of government) of (name of country). Examples: 1.Kingdom of Spain = Spain 2.People's Republic of China = China 3.Republic of Chile = Chile 4.United States of America = America" You seem to forget how the U.S. came about and the whole history of its birth. It is shameful that in order to compare the U.S. with other countries' names one forgets how the United States came to be a country and the ... Read More
12th April 2018 3:03pm
Anonymous says...
In other words, behind each of the names there is probably some historic story to tell.
12th April 2018 3:05pm
Anonymous says...
Mrs. Anonymous, if you were to present your “rules” and ideas on the meaning of ‘America’, and how language works, to experts in relevant fields (lexicography, linguistics, philosophy, semiotics, etc.), do you think that they would do anything but laugh in your face? I especially love how you once claimed to be doing “research”. The depths of your ignorance and misunderstanding are truly amazing. Your fanciful musings might count as research in Latin America, but not in American or ... Read More
29th March 2018 9:50pm
Anonymous says...
You aren’t being fair. Surely all Latin Americans are not as ignorant and confused as Mrs. Anonymous. Latin American linguists, lexicographers, philosophers, and semioticians all know that she is completely full of BS. She is an embarrassment to her people.
30th March 2018 7:36pm
Anonymous says...
Anyone with half a brain knows that she is full of caca.
31st March 2018 6:44pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Please enlighten me and tell me why do you say I am ignorant and confused and of what? Explain. Also,
explain and tell me in detail what is the BS that I am full of according to you. Since you seem to know it all, please tell this humble simple person.
31st March 2018 9:39pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Anonymous said: "Anyone with half a brain knows that she is full of caca"..
I am so sorry that you only have half a brain and that you don't know what is in my brain unless you think what I have is what you have.
31st March 2018 9:42pm
Mrs.Anonymous (US) says...
Your comments are not necessary and add nothing of value to the issue. Your words only bring people down thereby nothing to do with what the talk is about. This site is not about people but about the name "America" and you have stained it with your constant defamation and insults which shows how much hate might be stored in your heart. We know more of you, than of me from the many derrogative words and frantic attacks that you have spewed throughout this website. So quick to demean ... Read More
31st March 2018 9:10pm
Mrs.Anonymous (US) says...
Anonymous said: "Mrs. Anonymous, if you were to present your “rules” and ideas on the meaning of ‘America’, and how language works, to experts in relevant fields (lexicography, linguistics, philosophy, semiotics, etc.), do you think that they would do anything but laugh in your face?

...Please tell me what are those rules and ideas that are mine, which you think they might laugh at?
31st March 2018 9:28pm
Mrs.Anonymous (US) says...
Anonymous said: "The depths of your ignorance and misunderstanding are truly amazing."..
Please enlighten me with your intelligence and tell me what are the depths of my ignorance and misunderstanding and on what do you base this assumption since you seem to know it all?
31st March 2018 9:31pm
Mrs.Anonymous (US) says...
Anonymous said: "Your fanciful musings might count as research in Latin America, but not in American or European universities and other institutions. You live in America now. You have to step up your game"
Please enlighten me again, what do are those fanciful musings you talk about? And have you even seen my research that you allow yourself as able to give a critique or be critical of? If you have not seen it how can you know? Right?
31st March 2018 9:34pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
"The word originally named a continent, and it still does. However, like millions of other words in human language, the word took on other meanings over the years. This is fact. This is self-evident. Why do you deny reality? Facts don’t cease being facts just because you don’t like them. You are a clown.". Glad you at least accept that the name America is from a Continent and not two! So we can start with that. So the words take other meanings???? Or better say the people change ... Read More
27th March 2018 7:23pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
When you say the name changed and that this is a fact you yourself believe it, but others know that the word itself did not change, people changed its meaning which is different. However, even if the people want to use a word for a different purpose, that word does not loose its original meaning and usually the word used for a different purpose will always point back at the original meaning of the word. Example: A person is named "America". Now America, is also a person in that sense, ... Read More
27th March 2018 7:35pm
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