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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Jayden (US) says...
well there are 2 people named america.
12th May 2018 11:27pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
by the way long before the U.S. was born, the English knew that the lands they were coming to was a continent named America. They knew it because they had other territories and lands which belonged to the British Crown in parts of South and Central America and the Caribbean and thus these were also, known to be on the same continent of America.
8th May 2018 4:16pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
The names are used by others to honor its original carrier, thus Amerigo, was honored and the new land was named after him. But, Amerigo did not cease to exists just because his name was adapted by the new land. It did the opposite, it honored him the more. A girl is named "America" thus honoring the continent but the continent does not loose its identity nor its name because someone or something has used its name. With the case of the U.S., things are still not clear since the ... Read More
8th May 2018 3:49pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Most of those are named after St. Francis if you did not know.
8th May 2018 10:54am
Julia (US) says...
You don’t know how a proper noun can have multiple meanings? It’s all rather simple. Just read below for a perfectly good example and explanation. Now you know.
8th May 2018 2:49am
Julia (US) says...
San Francisco is a proper noun. San Francisco is a saint. San Francisco is a city in California. San Francisco is a city in Argentina. San Francisco is a city in Honduras. San Francisco HAS MULTIPLE MEANINGS because sometimes it is a person, sometimes it is a city in California, sometimes it is a city in Honduras, etc. Obviously, the person was the original San Francisco. And, obviously, the cities are named in his honor. However, the fact that the person was the original, and is the one being ... Read More
8th May 2018 2:08am
Julia (US) says...
América is a girl. América is a continent. América is a club in the Mexican football league. América is Latin America. América is Hispanic America. América can be used in all these different ways. These are all different things, so América has different meanings. The fact that it originally referred to the continent doesn’t mean that these other meanings don’t exist.
8th May 2018 2:26am
Julia (US) says...
What excellent strategic marketing there must be in Latin America to create all these different meanings. Centuries of dedicated marketing effort. Bravo.
8th May 2018 2:29am
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
I agree!
8th May 2018 10:55am
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Sure, but the issue here is that, people have said here in this site that America is the name of the US and not the name of the continent. This is incorrect. As you have explained, the name originally stays and those who use the name of the original doesn't necessarily mean the original thing but are honoring the original by using its name. The USA is not the original to the name America, the continent is, and so the USA uses the name in honor of the continent and because it is located in ... Read More
8th May 2018 11:00am
Julia (US) says...
If it’s sure, why have you been denying it for so long? Did you only just become convinced? Or were you convinced all along but just didn’t want to admit it?
8th May 2018 3:13pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
I am not blinded, I know that in English and some other languages the U.S. is known as America, and this is why the issue is being discussed here, since it is in conflict with the continent's name. So that is why I said Sure, I don't deny that that is what is going on. However, I don't agree with some of the examples many here have been given as the reason why the U.S. has been called America. I do agree with you that it is something that has been passed down from generations. ... Read More
8th May 2018 4:11pm
Anonymous says...
Based on the comment on which you stated that America can have different meanings or refer to different things as name, then the United States of America has chop its name of only to America. That will settle the deal. But, Do you know why they won't do it? Because they know that's the name of a continent. And but the way, America is a Spanish word. It's very curious to me that a country in which the majority of its population are so proud of the tongue the speak the most (English) ... Read More
11th May 2018 10:19pm
Jayden (US) says...
america is 2 girls. america is 35 countries. i see america as 1 continent,but some might see it as 2,3,or 4 continents. america is a ghost town in oklahoma.
17th May 2018 2:59pm
Julia (US) says...
So the way people actually use the words doesn’t matter? They don’t actually mean what they are saying? The people they are communicating with never understand them? This is ridiculous.
8th May 2018 1:32am
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Julia asks:"if, when talking about a country, ‘America’ doesn’t MEAN ‘the USA’, and ‘American’ doesn’t MEAN ‘a citizen of the USA’, then how do billions of people UNDERSTAND it to MEAN these things? Years and years of Good marketing! Remember not all people use that approach because they know about the conflict. Julia asks:"How can billions of people UNDERSTAND that the speaker or writer MEANS ‘the USA’ when they write ‘America’? They are obviously ... Read More
8th May 2018 1:30am
Julia (US) says...
You are being serious? You expect to be taken seriously?
8th May 2018 1:34am
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Long ago, the name United States was commonly used for the name of this country, it has been in the last century or so when the name "America" began to be used over the United States even more direct. This seems like a campaign of some sort, can't tell for sure, but this is what I am trying to find out.
8th May 2018 11:05am
Jayden (US) says...
well,in the united states,there is a ghost town called america.
12th May 2018 11:29pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
@Julia; I don't believe that the name America can change its meaning. It is a proper name and its not just a word. One can use the name America in other things, but this doesn't change the original thing named America that thing being the continent. For example, many girls in Latin America are named "America", not after the USA but after the continent. The continent retains its name even when others use it. The original meaning of America then is of a continent. Anything else ... Read More
8th May 2018 1:13am
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