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...
The New World is what is genuinely named America The United States is just 1of35 republics founded on America. Had it been founded in Africa its long form name would have alluded to the United States being of Africa: United States of Africa. But since it was founded in America its long form name came to be United States of America The popularized misconception motivated simply by the need to rationalize misrepresenting ... Read More
27th March 2018 3:16am
Anonymous says...
You have absolutely no idea how language and meaning work. Are you saying that words can never have more than one meaning? Is there no such example in the whole history of human language? Is the word America not an example of a word that has multiple meanings? Why can countless other words have multiple meanings, but not America? Please use your keen intellect and expansive knowledge to answer these simple questions. You already know that you are completely wrong. The word originally named a ... Read More
27th March 2018 10:57am
Anonymous says...
Again, despite popularized misconceptions America is not the name of the United States. The name is that of the geographical location where the United States was founded,the New World. There is nothing more to it except to say that the United States is often misrepresented/misnomer as America. A fallacy born from the need to justify misrepresenting the term American as a nationality. The truth no matter how many are deceived in believing otherwise. America is genuinely not the name of the ... Read More
27th March 2018 1:42pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Words don't change people change the words, which is different. So, America, as a continent, has not changed. What we see is the usage of the name"America" by some to call a country throughout the years. The meaning has not changed, America is still a continent. But when one asks how did the USA get the name America or where from, how , or from what hero or native from their land, silence.....because the word has been used as the Kleenex example, over and over so that people now ... Read More
27th March 2018 7:54pm
Jayden (US) says...
the person who made that picture forgot to add insular america.
6th April 2018 11:37am
Anonymous says...
You get América. We get America.
You get “should be”. We get “is”.
You get fantasy. We get reality.
22nd March 2018 8:34pm
Anonymous says...
dem’s da breaks, suckas
23rd March 2018 9:27pm
Jayden (US) says...
in european portuguese,people from the US are called "norte-americanos" in brazilian portuguese,they are called "estadunidenses' anyway,american is anyone from the continent. people from the united states should be called united statesians.
21st March 2018 9:21am
Morgan (US) says...
"...should be...", but they aren't. Too bad.
21st March 2018 7:26pm
Anonymous says...
Not only are we not called by that ridiculous name, in no way “should” we be called United Statesians. The ways other languages sometimes do things isn’t relevant to what we call ourselves or our country. Obviously the English language isn’t required to use the conventions and definitions of other languages. We should be called exactly as we are. Our country is America and our nationality is American.
21st March 2018 7:51pm
Anonymous says...
You dumb *****. America is not a ***** country and American is not a ***** nationality. How stupid can this people be
25th March 2018 11:34am
Anonymous says...
when they don't know how they got to that name, and they don't know who are they honoring with that name, or when they don't know that a continent exists before the USA...what else can you say?
People who think America is a country and not a continent think history began with the USA and everything else is just relative.
25th March 2018 12:56pm
Jayden (US) says...
america is not our country. felipe contreras wasn't born in the us,but he is american. america is 35 sovereign states. american is not our nationality. american is not a nationality. americans aren't from one country.
1st April 2018 1:55pm
Anonymous says...
They are called "Estadounidenses"!
25th March 2018 12:58pm
Anonymous says...
Ok one thing's clear. I hate when people from the USA called themselves Americans. It annoys the heck out OF oh I'm American. Proud American and all that stuff. I'm from a country in South America And you know what? I'm American too. And proud to be so too. I belong to this amazing continent. So does from the USA, stop stealing our name or else let us call ourselves American too! Loved the article. It's true.
14th March 2018 7:13pm
Anonymous says...
You can call yourself whatever you want. I will allow it. We and the world will continue to call our country America and its citizens Americans. Your thoughts on the matter will not change how these words are used and what they mean. Billions of people, through their usage of these words, have determined their meaning. Your preferences and complaints are but an ineffectual drop in the ocean. We don’t care that you don’t like how billions use these words. Tough titties.
15th March 2018 12:09pm
Anonymous says...
I should have outlined that of course people from the USA can call themselves American, coz they are too, but I hate the expression on the faces of people when I say I'm American and it turns out Im not from the USA. The only thing I would want, is for your ppl not to think you own the name America.
15th March 2018 5:20pm
OFBG (US) says...
So in other words, it's not that referring to the USA as "America" is incorrect, you just don't like it.
Sort of like how I feel about putting ketchup on a hotdog.
19th March 2018 8:57pm
Morgan (US) says...
20th March 2018 3:16am
Anonymous (US) says...
The United States of America has the word "America" in its name, no other country does. Saying the continent your on, or even including 2 possible continents, is just stupid, just say the country, and since the USA is the only country with "America" in its name, it shall be the only country called "America."
13th March 2018 9:26pm
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