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...
Hey, maybe you have a point! The U.S. could had used a name found in the English Colonies, like the rest of the colonies in America who after their independence from SPain, they adopted names from their lands, their origins, their heroes, and ancestors. Bolivia, like Simon Bolivar, Brazil, from the brazil tree abundant there, Honduras, meaning a the deep, Costa Rica for its abundance in its beaches, Ecuador, for the Equator, etc. etc.
3rd August 2017 5:47pm
OFBG (US) says...
Did you mean Brazil, "Where the nuts come from?"
3rd August 2017 8:28pm
Anonymous says...
Maybe, but I have read it was because of some type of wood that was named brasil or something.
4th August 2017 2:00pm
OFBG (US) says...
As with the name "New Spain" which they used for so many years?
3rd August 2017 8:26pm
Anonymous says...
Yes when they were under Spanish rule: "Therefore, the Viceroyalty's former territories included what is now the countries of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize, Costa Rica; the United States regions of California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Puerto Rico, Guam, Mariana Islands, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Florida; a portion of the Canadian province of British Columbia; the Caribbean nations of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, the island of Hispaniola, ... Read More
4th August 2017 2:04pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
and it is not about language. Language does not have anything to do with the conflict of the name "America". Yes, people who speak English are taught that America is a country or so they say, and some others like people who speak Spanish, are taught that America is a continent since it is the original stance anyways. But, America does not have and can not have two different meanings unless the persons involved use it for different things, a country or a continent. Originally America ... Read More
2nd August 2017 11:50pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
But, America is derived from the Latinized named of Amerigo Vespuccio as all of us have learned in school. We also learned that the new world, the new landmass, was coined, named, baptized by Europeans, Germans and French, in honor of Amerigo Vespuccio, and so the name of the new continent is America. The same America in German, in French, in Italian, in Spanish, in Portuguese, in English, as in all languages is the one new world not a country. Now, the country uses the name of the continent, ... Read More
3rd August 2017 12:06am
OFBG (US) says...
If it is not about language, why should it matter whether "America" refers to a country or a continent?
3rd August 2017 8:30pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Because it was only one thing: a continent. The continent where the nation of the U.S. is of...America. Unless in the English language "continents" do not exist or the word "continents" for that matter and only country or nation exists and they thought that the name given to a continent was really given to a country by a German cartographer in some French town and accepted by the Europeans of that time. Or it could had been that they just adopted the name from the ... Read More
4th August 2017 2:13pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
I was on vacation in America, not in the country, but in the continent. And guess what? As we were entering the United States customs, there was no sign saying "Welcome to America"...none.niet, nada. I couldn't take a picture for security reasons but the sign said "Welcome to the United States" Period. No America in there. This time it was Houston airport, but others had been Miami, and Atlanta, and they all have the same sign saying "Welcome to the United ... Read More
1st August 2017 10:29am
Anonymous says...
Such facile thinking. Typical.
1st August 2017 11:32am
Anonymous says...
Well, she isn't wrong. All of these welcome signs on our borders do say United States because that is the official name of the country. America is more of a nickname than an official name as "United States of America" is rather wordy for normal use. However, I still think that it should be used as there is no unique demonym for people from this country. I really like Frank Lloyd Wright's "Usonia" proposal, as well as the Esperanto word "Usono" and ... Read More
1st August 2017 2:40pm
Anonymous says...
If the name were America, and it is easy and practical more than the use of United States, why isn't "America" welcoming people at mayor customs entries to the U.S.? Because it is not the name of the country, it has it ON the name but it is NOT the name.
2nd August 2017 11:26pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Sorry, I forgot to write my logging name.
2nd August 2017 11:27pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
How about the name Vinland? I think that was the name called by the Vikings? Also, there is the puritans.
2nd August 2017 11:34pm
California (US) says...
Oh great. You're back. Don't you have a Trump rally to go to, Trumptard?
1st August 2017 2:30pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
I am watching that calexit from afar...when is it going to happen?
2nd August 2017 11:28pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
There was also a sign for "U.S. Citizens" when going through customs. One for "Visitors" etc. and one for "U.S. Citizens". Noting that there was none that said "American Citizen". NONE. Otherwise, most people from the continent of America, would be able to take that line. I am just trying to put some examples to show that the dilemma has some merits through the many different ways one sees it in action like the signage at customs, the Organization of ... Read More
2nd August 2017 11:41pm
Anonymous (US) says...
The Vinland name would be great if the Vikings explored more than just the northern reaches of New England. Virginia at one point used to refer to all of Britain's North American colonies south of Canada, but that would create a whole new naming dispute then. We will just have to live with the name United States of America for the mean time.
3rd August 2017 3:35pm
Anonymous says...
OK, what happened to this site? Just a few months ago, I remembered having some healthy, intelligent debate with people from different parts of the continent about what the term America really means and how it is used in other countries. Now, all that debate has devolved into racist hatred? What happened here?
1st August 2017 6:49am
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