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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Mrs. Anonymous says...
How coincidental! Keeping the map that proves that the continent's name is "America" within the U.S.'s borders. It would be hopeful to ask every citizen of the United States to go and check out that map which clearly shows that the name "America" is not even in the same place that the U.S. is located. Maybe for once, they will raise the question as to why is it that the map is like that and not with the name "America" where they would had thought it should ... Read More
15th April 2017 12:59am
Anonymous says...
A feeling that can't be freely expressed since the U.S. has to be careful on when and how it uses the name "America" in the world stage. Not having the freedom to do this is really not something to celebrate. The U.S. is not able to mark its exports as "Made in America" especially if buyers are from America the continent. The name used when the American States get together in the OAS or Organization of American States or Organizacion de Estados Americanos by the United ... Read More
15th April 2017 1:16pm
Jeany (Canada) says...
The comment
"This appears to be an excuse, not a reason? What does "American Flag" mean then?"

was directed at Brian's reply
14th April 2017 8:34pm
Morgan (US) says...
Jeany (Canada) said:

"What does "American Flag" mean then?"

What does canadian flag mean then?
16th April 2017 4:39pm
Jeany (Canada) says...
I am happy to see so many people as irritated as I am about the improper use of the name of our shared continent. Know what I selected for my country? Canada! U.S. chose United States! All part of "North" America as is MEXICO!!! So stop building walls and realize we share a space!
I remember fellow high school students would say they were flying to "Europe" but for some reason they really meant England. What???
14th April 2017 8:06pm
Jeany (Canada) says...
Also people in the United kingdom have said they were going to America when they meant U.S. One boastful country to another?
The obvious reason is likely the constant need to shorten names... the United States portion of the "United States of" America was dropped.
They didn't want to be United Stations? ...U-Essers?? ...United Staters???
No stretch of the imagination can shorten it to any other than the Acronym... U.S. Please use it!
14th April 2017 8:19pm
Morgan (US) says...
15th April at 1:33 am Jeany (Canada) said "In the recent Olympics, sportscasters from your country touted that some U.S. contenders were the only Americans competing in their category. How does that even make any sense?" It makes sense in that US sportscasters addressing a US audience can easily, without confusion, refer to US contenders as "Americans". That use may not be part of your historical frame of reference, but it's traditional in the US and goes back long ... Read More
19th April 2017 4:15am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
The name used in the Olympics to mean the U.S. is USA not America. It has never been America. The people or broadcasters in the United States just follow what everyone has been saying for the longest time but it does not mean that the entire world follows them. It shouldn't be a burden for a nation to be careful on what it calls itself in the global arena but the U.S. got into this predicament after having taken a name that belongs to the continent where many other nations are located in.
19th April 2017 1:12pm
Morgan (US) says...
Jeany (Canada) said:

"So...realize we share a space!"

So, Jeany from Canada, do you consider yourself American?
15th April 2017 12:31am
Jeany (Canada) says...
Hello Morgan,
I have always lived in Canada, which is in North America... Yes, I am American, but do not call myself an American. I identify as Canadian. In the recent Olympics, sportscasters from your country touted that some U.S. contenders were the only Americans competing in their category. How does that even make any sense?
P.S. I'm not asking you, Brian.
15th April 2017 1:33am
OFBG (US) says...
So good to hear from you again, Morgan.
Been checking in, but I've had too much on my plate to participate over the past couple of months, not to mention the lack of any posts worthy of notice.
Hadn't seen anything from you, so I hope you've been well.
15th April 2017 10:23pm
Morgan (US) says...
@ OFBG (US):

Yes, OFBG, I've been well, thank you, but very busy. I hope you've been well too. Like you, I haven't found much of interest to respond to here lately. But I keep reading.
17th April 2017 4:10pm
OFBG (US) says...
Jeany, did you attend high school in Canada? If so, when your "fellow high school students would say they were flying to "Europe" but for some reason they really meant England," would suggest that contrary to popular opinion, citizens of the USA are not the only "geographically-challenged" folks in the world.
15th April 2017 10:17pm
Morgan (US) says...
@ OFBG

Apparently Jeany neither understood nor appreciated your pointing out that Canadians may be just as geography-challenged as any other nationality. Good point, OFBG.
18th April 2017 2:38pm
Arti (Germany) says...
Like Morgan wrote it is traditional to use American in the US as a national term, it became convenient over the time. Hopefully the term's use will change with enough debate and time.
20th April 2017 1:02pm
Morgan (US) says...
Arti (Germany) wrote:

"Like Morgan wrote it is traditional to use American in the US as a national term, it became convenient over the time. Hopefully the term's use will change with enough debate and time."

But why should it change, Arti? Why should one tradition prevail over another? Can't we accept all traditions for what they are: traditions? And recognize that we should move on to the more important challenges that face us all?
20th April 2017 2:47pm
Anonymouss (US) says...
I love the United Stated spanning from Chile to Canada
14th April 2017 11:50am
Brian (US) says...
Thank you for your excellent contribution.
14th April 2017 12:26pm
Morgan (US) says...
I agree with Brian. Such a literate contribution. And so very well grounded in history.
18th April 2017 2:43pm
Brian (US) says...
Many already know this, but some do not, so it is worth making clear. When COUNTRIES are being discussed, 'America' can only mean 'the United States of America'. If somebody says 'America' to refer to a COUNTRY, they can only be referring to the USA. This is due to the simple fact that the USA is the only COUNTRY in the world to be referred to as 'America.' This isn't the USA's official name, but rather a very commonly used and internationally known ... Read More
9th April 2017 3:55pm
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