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 (US) says...
That's quite correct, there is no nation state named Britain.
6th December 2017 9:42am
Anonymous says...
When speaking English, it is totally acceptable to use "America". The United States of America is the only English speaking country with America in it's name. Every language determines it's own rules. This is simply a case where English speakers have decided to use a place name shortcut. There is no other political motive. I want to point out the every language naturalizes place names. Germany(English)=Deutschland(German)=Alemania(Spanish). Therefore, We Americans will ... Read More
4th December 2017 7:03pm
Anonymous (US) says...
The United States is of America and not itself America. Stop being dishonest, this has nothing whatsoever to do with language. This is what's genuinely named America: https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3290.ct007308/ This illustrates why the United States alludes to being of America in its long form name. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DAXBCz9V0AUnVU8.jpg:large There is no nation state named America. This a fact: https://www.state.gov/s/inr/rls/4250.htm The fact that the U.S. is the only country ... Read More
4th December 2017 11:02pm
Anonymous says...
I never stated there was a nation state called America. I stated that within the English language "America" represents the United States of America. Words have more than one meaning. Lets use Merriam_Webster in your 3 link citation. You're the dishonest one choosing what definition fits your argument when in fact the third link you cited defines "American" as: 1 : an American Indian of North America or South America 2 : a native or inhabitant of North America or South ... Read More
5th December 2017 2:46am
Anonymous says...
It has everything to do with language. For example: a sampling of official names of countries. Federative Republic of Brazil People's Republic of China United Mexican States Democratic People's Republic of Korea Argentine Republic Republic of Colombia Republic of Chile The Kingdom of Spain French Republic Russian Federation Federal Republic of Germany United States of America How confusing it would be if everyone used “Republicans” to describe themselves. Also it was the British ... Read More
5th December 2017 3:30am
Anonymous (US) says...
Yes English dictionaries acknowledge the usage (even incorrectly) of the name America and the term American. The popular nonsense(source for much of wikipedia articles) is well known. That the name America is used to refer to the U.S. And it is quite obvious why this misconception was promoted and popularized (to rationalize using the term American as a nationality). But using the name of America and the continental term American in a misleading and incorrect manner (however popular) has ... Read More
5th December 2017 10:14am
Anonymous (US) says...
This however is the truth This is what's genuinely named America: https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3290.ct007308/ This illustrates why the United States alludes to being of America in its long form name. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DAXBCz9V0AUnVU8.jpg There is no nation state named America. This a fact: https://www.state.gov/s/inr/rls/4250.htm Making use of an English dictionary (which no doubt is U.S. friendly/Centric ) American is everyone that is of and from the continent of America. ... Read More
5th December 2017 10:28am
Anonymous (US) says...
Since U.S. nationals have a very short attention span, it's worth noting again that English dictionaries are U.S. Centric or at the very least informed by popular nonsense. Hence the misinformation promoted in the following. Webster's Definition of America 1 either continent (North America or South America) of the western hemisphere 2 or the Americas play \ə-ˈmer-ə-kəz, -ˈme-rə-\ the lands of the western hemisphere including North, Central, and South America and the West Indies 3 ... Read More
5th December 2017 10:53am
Anonymous (US) says...
As stated on previous comments, American is to America as European is to Europe. It is not the correct applicable term for any nationality. Despite what the authors and publishers of Webster's dictionary print Fact is there is no nation state named America, hence the use of the continental term American as a nationality is a fallacy at best. https://www.state.gov/s/inr/rls/4250.htm U.S. nationals are Americans not because they are from the United States, but because the United States ... Read More
5th December 2017 11:18am
Anonymous (US) says...
Huh... So why are we called Americans, not United Statesians? Could it be because the country's name is America, of which the individual states are "United" in?

Go ahead and edit or remove the comment, since it uses logic unlike your brain dead squawking.
3rd December 2017 8:31pm
Anonymous (US) says...
LOL No, you don't use logic. The United States is of America and not itself America. Stop being dishonest, this has nothing whatsoever to do with language. This is what's genuinely named America: https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3290.ct007308/ This illustrates why the United States alludes to being of America in its long form name. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DAXBCz9V0AUnVU8.jpg:large There is no nation state named America. This a fact: https://www.state.gov/s/inr/rls/4250.htm The fact ... Read More
4th December 2017 11:04pm
Anonymous says...
I am sure billions of people will change the way they speak and write because of your impassioned copy and paste job. Well done.
5th December 2017 12:26am
Anonymous (US) says...
I'm quite sure that this is the best rebuttal that you can possibly come up with. And even though you and others will continue firmly in your denial; we both know that everything I've said is the truth.
;)
5th December 2017 12:42am
Anonymous (US) says...
And here I copy and pasted my comment again for your convenience ;) This is what's genuinely named America: https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3290.ct007308/ This illustrates why the United States alludes to being of America in its long form name. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DAXBCz9V0AUnVU8.jpg There is no nation state named America. This is a fact: https://www.state.gov/s/inr/rls/4250.htm American is everyone that is of and from the continent of America. ... Read More
5th December 2017 12:49am
Anonymous says...
We AMERICANS do not care about your issue with the name of our country. We have been calling ourselves Americans for over 200 years, it is part of our history, literature and culture. This will never change, your arguments and this website are pointless and will lead to nothing except a big waste of time. Americans have more important issues to deal with. United Statesian? that sounds so stupid to us and whoever made that up is really out of touch with reality. At least Americans do not go ... Read More
2nd December 2017 4:21am
Anonymous (US) says...
The truth is that American is everyone from the New World, the real and genuine America. The United States is of America and not itself America. This is what's genuinely named America: https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3290.ct007308/ This illustrates why the United States alludes to being of America in its long form name. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DAXBCz9V0AUnVU8.jpg:large There is no nation state named America. This a fact: https://www.state.gov/s/inr/rls/4250.htm The fact that the U.S. is ... Read More
4th December 2017 11:08pm
Chuck Norris says...
Country: America. You un-American beaners can suck it! America! ***** Yeah! If we didn't build it, its probably just a pile of rooster-*****. Meedledy-meedledy-meedledy-NEEEEEE! Awwww yeah, son!
1st December 2017 12:43am
Anonymous (US) says...
There is no nation named America. There is no group of people more unAmerican than U.S. nationals. So much so that U.S. sponsored continental model in 1900s negating the real America. This is what's genuinely named America: https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3290.ct007308/ This illustrates why the United States alludes to being of America in its long form name. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DAXBCz9V0AUnVU8.jpg:large There is no nation state named America. This a fact: ... Read More
4th December 2017 11:20pm
Anonymous says...
There’s a town in Illinois named America. Should they have some kind of stance on this issue?
29th November 2017 11:16pm
Anonymous (US) says...
Simply put, the United States is of America not itself America. There is no nation state named America. Those are the facts.

https://www.state.gov/s/inr/rls/4250.htm

Take a wild guess why like-minded folks who love to use the term "American" as their nationality like and promote the misconception which misrepresents the United States as "America"
4th December 2017 11:58pm
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