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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Arti (Germany) says...
@Morgan In the 1970s unmarried women were treated horribly in Germany, divorced women in Germany were considered scum by the rest of society even if their husbands beat them or were adulterers. Thanks to those who changed it, more divorced and the community accepted that being unmarried or divorced was a totally normal thing instead of demonozing those women. Sometimes society is the worst of all enemies, because of their lazy habits to see change, to see the fault and wrong in something, to ... Read More
20th April 2017 4:21pm
OFBG (US) says...
Arti, you are talking the proverbial "apples and oranges."
"Traditions" that actually injure people are quite different from those that only offend highly sensitive, politically correct, multicultural (need I go on?) individuals.
20th April 2017 7:58pm
Anonymous says...
America is the name of the country! Canadians and Mexicans are not Americans! They are North Americans! Just as people from South Dakota are not Dokotians, but they are from the Dokotas! America is not or has never been a continent, however, South America and North America are
Yesterday 8:46am
Morgan (US) says...
Mrs. Anonymous said:

"As far as I remember it used to be called the U.S. Flag not so long ago. What changed?"

Nothing has changed! The flag is still called the "US flag" OR the (as always) "American flag", as the speaker sees fit to express it. And NO, there is no confusion about it meaning a flag for the entire continent or for the two continents (as you prefer). Or is there, unbeknownst to me, a flag for the continent/the continents of "America"?
20th April 2017 2:41pm
OFBG (US) says...
Morgan, I have to agree that there is no flag for the continent/the continents of "America" and I cannot see why this might be an issue for anyone.
On the other hand, I have never seen or heard the "Stars and Stripes" or "Star-Spangled Banner" referred to as anything other than the "American" flag.
20th April 2017 8:58pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Tradition.
21st April 2017 1:15am
BB8-Biotch (US) says...
It's Merka fools!! Y'all wanna try and say ders more contries in dis here humisfere then Merka.. y'all need to read sum histree books ritten buy Bill Oriely. Merka number won! Don't like it? Have a lick from my uraneeum tipped bullits!
19th April 2017 6:02pm
Anonymous says...
I know I'm probably not the first person to bring this up, but if I am, I didn't know. What if we just called everyone from the USA, from the USA? For example,
"Hello, what's your nationality?"
"Oh, I'm from the USA."
I don't see why this doesn't work and/or why "Americans" haven't started doing this yet.
18th April 2017 5:56pm
Anonymous says...
There's no need for that when saying I'm American is perfectly acceptable and fine for 99.9% of all US Citizens. Everybody else doesn't matter or have a say on what we identify as.
18th April 2017 7:34pm
World Domination (US) says...
Nyah, Nyah, Nyah!!! In that order. Also if we say "Leaders of the Free World"...that's o.k. too. Because we are. Mwahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaa!
19th April 2017 10:22am
OFBG (US) says...
I must agree that "There's no need for that when saying I'm American is perfectly acceptable and fine for 99.9% of all US Citizens. Everybody else doesn't matter or have a say on what we identify as."
The issue being discussed on this site, however, is about "everybody else." Unfortunately, some of those everybodies take offense - even if they do not live in "the Americas" - when the United States Of America is called "America."
20th April 2017 8:08pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
So far, all those who are in the side of the name America to be of a country have only shown that the name was adopted by circumstances and now it is being used out of popularity by some, just because it has been used by those people for a long time. Very vague argumentation! When the base for the proof for a historical fact is just not there..people start to wonder off and begin talking nonsense as to how and why the nation took the name America from the continent and being first or being ... Read More
19th April 2017 1:04pm
Anonymous says...
It astonishes me how you Mrs A continues to ramble on for going on over 2 years. Nobody really cares what you or the half dozen other Anti Americans say.
19th April 2017 10:50pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Anonymous said: "It astonishes me how you Mrs A continues to ramble on for going on over 2 years. Nobody really cares what you or the half dozen other Anti Americans say." for if you have not realized this blog is for discussing the name "America" and this is what I have been doing. You, in the other hand, have only come to change the discussion down. I want to know if all of the posters here think like this poster that nobody wants to hear the other side's view on this ... Read More
20th April 2017 3:28pm
OFBG (US) says...
The real issue is why, after centuries of reference to the USA as "America," do you or anyone else find this to be problematic?
Everyone living in "the Americas" can identify as a citizen of a nation. Isn't that enough?
Even if "America/American" is not a precise term (at least for you) for citizens of the USA, who on the planet would honestly be confused by those names?
20th April 2017 8:20pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
I don't remember calling the U.S. as "America" when I was younger. We had always called it "Estados Unidos" in the rest of America. So the thing is that now with the globalization and rapid communications like cable and internet, this issue has come up on the public stage much more the last few years. So, you will probably see more people realizing what is going on since cable and internet is reaching new far away places every day.
21st April 2017 1:25am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Ghost of Vespuci (US) said: "Probably because there were no other similarly constituted nations within the American continent/s. Hence, "United States" OF America. The nomenclature describes both what we are and where we are located. Additionally, our country is one of the oldest in the hemisphere, and the early bird catches the worm." So you are accepting that the U.S. kind of grabbed the name of the continent just because they were the first independent nation in the ... Read More
16th April 2017 12:16pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
So "The early bird catches the worm" is like saying that the name America was okay to be taken just because the U.S. became the first Independent nation in the continent? Sounds like what you are saying is like stealing it since the name was taken already by a continent and was not free for the taking.
16th April 2017 12:19pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Brian said: "We Americans love the beautiful name 'America' so much that we adopted it to name both ourselves and our country." That is what probably happened. However, they forgot that there was more to America than just themselves. There were many other Americans who were not part of that country but part of the rest of the continent. This is the conflict. Some U.S. posters have even said that there is no American continent but this is wrong for there is a continent named ... Read More
15th April 2017 9:50pm
Brian (US) says...
Americans, we must celebrate the fact that the famous 1507 map by Waldseemuller and Ringmann resides in America and is owned by the American people. The Library of Congress, in Washington D.C., purchased it in 2003. It is the only known copy in existence. As many already know, the name 'America' makes its first known appearance on this famous map. We Americans love the beautiful name 'America' so much that we adopted it to name both ourselves and our country. It is a great honor ... Read More
14th April 2017 9:49pm
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