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 says...
Which America? You have America, which is everything from Alaska down to Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, which is, of course, divided into North, Central and South America. Some people group the three regions into the Americas as a collective whole. And there is the United States of America, a country divided into 50 states in North America, with one of them being in the Pacific Ocean. So, which one of these Americas are you throwing your hate at? Be careful when recklessly throwing ... Read More
30th May 2017 2:11am
Arti (Germany) says...
@Anonymous (UK) Have you received not enough attention in live or do you like to simply denounce people and countries and land you don't know? With your shallow statement, free from any explaination, you have proven that you probably belong to a group of thoughtless zombies. Come back when you have learnt how to converse reasonably.
30th May 2017 4:57am
Morgan (US) says...
Perhaps Anonymous (UK) was a battered child.
2nd June 2017 2:43pm
Anonymous says...
you don't hate America or you wouldn't be anonymous. anything you really believe you would have the guts to say it and own it proudly regardless of the consequences.
11th June 2017 1:26pm
Anonymous says...
I don't mind just saying United States to be honest. It's official and sounds more bad ***** to me. When people say where I'm from I say "USA"!! Saying 'America' as my country makes me sound like an insular redneck.
28th May 2017 4:13am
Manifest Destiny's Child (US) says...
We took what we wanted from Mexico. 1848... such a glorious year. We created modern California. It is one of the richest, most innovative, most influential places in the history of the world. We made it so in less than 150 years. Mexico could not have done it. No other Latin American country could have done it. The American Southwest is best left in our hands. You Latin Americans cannot be trusted with such a jewel. It must not be squandered. ¡Hasta la victoria siempre!
27th May 2017 1:55am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Thank you, Arti and Andrew, my point was just to show that the U.S. does not usually or maybe never uses the name "America" when dealing with the outside world. I tried to give a small and insignificant example with the label of a package of blueberries which is probably exported to countries where people speak French. Because the it also said: Produit Des E.U. For example, I just looked at a product i have in the bathroom and it says: Made in the U.S.A. and in Spanish is says: Hecho ... Read More
26th May 2017 8:41pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Products made in China, for example are clearly marked "Made in China". Sometimes it has the longer name "Made in the People's Republic of China" But I have never seen a product from China with the label: Made in the "People's Republic". Maybe some of you have seen it and please share it with us. But so far the only country that uses United States as its name is the USA.
26th May 2017 8:48pm
Arti (Germany) says...
@Mrs. Anonymous
"but as Arti says, Mexico's name is not United States of Mexico but United Mexican States. There is a difference there."

A huge difference Mrs. Anonymous, politically, linguistically and in regard to translation and interpreting.
26th May 2017 9:06pm
Arti (Germany) says...
"Mrs. Anonymous says... To those who didn't like that post about the label on the fruits, go and see it for yourself and read labels and you can see that I am not joking around." Funny that you mentioned labels, as all labels use the short term of their product's country of origin, yet the U.S. does not and with good reason, Morgan already wrote it down, no official document or legal body of the U.S. uses the term "America" as a national identification. How can ... Read More
26th May 2017 1:38pm
Andrew (US) says...
"I don't see a "Latin America" agenda in such a statement." Consequently Neither do I, particularly. Also Mrs Anonymous seems quite reasonable throughout most of her comments to me. My own personal perspective on it, however is that it's a pretty irrelevant point to make(I didn't dislike the comment btw. I had to search for it to realise what you were referring to.) My reasoning behind this is as follows: Out of the possible options we have there are -Made in the ... Read More
26th May 2017 4:33pm
Arti (Germany) says...
@Andrew
"-Made in the United States-Still a bit of a mouthful, PLUS Mexico could also claim rights to the name United States."

To my knowledge the official term is United Mexican States, not United States of Mexico, huge difference, otherwise U.S.A. could also be called U.A.S. = United American States, but that would cause an even greater conflict. Therefore no strife there I guess.
26th May 2017 5:32pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Freedom Fries(could be same as anonymous) said: Maybe Mrs. Anonymous's intellect is as good as they come in Latin America. If so, this would explain why those countries have so much trouble digging themselves out of the mess they have made for themselves" First, how can you tell if I am from Latin America? Is that you Anonymous? Second, you think that there are no intellectual people in Latin America? I'll be back with info on that. And third, about the mess in our countries, you ... Read More
26th May 2017 12:45pm
guvenrentacar (Turkey) says...
i hate americans dont come turkey +905326129196 if you have problem call me !
25th May 2017 6:00pm
Freedom Fries (US) says...
Anglosphere is best sphere.
25th May 2017 11:53am
Morgan (US) says...
@Freedom Fries Anyone poster who calls him/herself "Freedom Fries" gets no sympathy from me. "Freedom Fries" is one of the most naieve and simplistically symbolic labels invented by the GOP in the Bush era. And the Tea Pary stupidly continues in this vein with the "Freedom Caucus". Given this movement, I suppose that: French roast coffee became "Freedom roast"; French toast became "Freedom toast"; French bread became "Freedom bread"; ... Read More
25th May 2017 4:24pm
Anonymous says...
Wow! Your omniscience is astounding. I need to lie down. Please come down off your high horse, Little Miss Final Arbiter.
25th May 2017 8:47pm
Morgan (US) says...
@Anonymous

"Please come down off your high horse, Little Miss Final Arbiter."

No.
26th May 2017 1:15am
Morgan (US) says...
We don't need any raving "Freedom" party spokesperson parading around this forum. End of discussion.
26th May 2017 4:23pm
Anonymous says...
All one needs is to take a look at these maps if one wanted to have a clue as to what the British really understood as being named America (América in Spanish):

Before the founding of the United States:
http://digitalcollections.lib.washington.edu/cdm/ref/collection/maps/id/27

After the founding of the United States:
https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3290.ct007308/

You'd think that settles it. But of course some U.S. Citizens will lie through their teeth and spin like a top in denial.
25th May 2017 9:08am
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