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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Arti (Germany) says...
@Morgan As "some" U.S. citizens claim the exclusive use of the terms "America" and "American" for national use, examples on the national level could affirm my points on the terms' use so far. Said examples would be both North & South Korea, as well as Republic of Congo and The Democratic Republic of Congo. Both current Koreas used to be one but after WWII and the Korea War, Korea as single country ceased to exist and brought forth North and South, yet both ... Read More
17th May 2017 11:27am
Morgan (US) says...
Arti (Germany) said: Sorry, but I don't quite grasp your logic here, Arti. There is no single overall authority in North America (or South America) claiming use of the name "America", in contrast to the Koreas. I can see the logic for a single Korea, on national and historical grounds. I can see the logic for a single Congo on geographical and fluvial grounds. But I don't see the logic for a single America when there are two vast and distinct landmasses. What is the advantage ... Read More
18th May 2017 11:13am
Arti (Germany) says...
@Morgan True there are no authorities claiming the single use of "America", it remains a convenient use by some U.S. citizens and non U.S. citizens, unfortunately the term has been used so many times that people take it for granted that one calling him-/herself American can only be a person from the U.S., yet both of us do not share this convenience, otherwise we wouldn't be dicussing the term. Just like my examples originated from one source, N.A. and S.A. originate from one as ... Read More
18th May 2017 1:28pm
Morgan (US) says...
Arti (Germany) said: "How about that?" I take the point of view that, though the New World may initially have been seen as a single continent, further explorations and discoveries quickly showed that there were two great landmasses (along with many islands). The initial (and unfortunate) name "America" was insufficient, so it was normal to qualify it in a manner frequently used in such cases: North and South (or, in some cases, East and West). There are maps that show this ... Read More
18th May 2017 4:58pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Where do you leave the subcontinent or subregion of the continent in the very center of the continous landmass of America called "Central America". When you both agree that there is a North and a South of like Korea, South Carolina, etc., how can you explain when let's say America has a center, and is called Central America, or America Central, or how the history guys like to call it way back when "MesoAmerica". Middle of America, is not just a ghost land it is thin, ... Read More
18th May 2017 6:56pm
Morgan (US) says...
Mrs. Anonymous said: "If you noticed having Central America in this equation makes it more difficult to forget about the continent called America." Central America provides you with a convenient issue with which to try to drown the fish. Once again it is our respective frame of reference that gives the explanation. If you're a historico-culturalist, then Central America is a region, (or a sub-region, or a sub-continent, if you prefer) of the continent of America. If you prefer a ... Read More
19th May 2017 1:34am
Arti (Germany) says...
@Morgan Yet the term "America" was never meant for a national use but rather for a continental, this has been researched and recognized by the National Geographic Society, Morgan. North & South America came into existence after America had already been in use as a continent. While I do not reject the idea of N.A. and S.A. I reject the idea of U.S. citizens and non U.S. citizens calling the first by the term "America" on a national level, although it was never intented to ... Read More
18th May 2017 1:38pm
Morgan (US) says...
Arti (Germany) said: "@Morgan Yet the term "America" was never meant for a national use..." Of course it wasn't derived as a name for a country, certainly not a country that was still 250 years in the future. No one could know that new nations would be in the New World. But that didn't mean that the name couldn't be adopted for use by a new nation, even controversially. And it wasn't so controversial at the time. You've said yourself, Arti, that use of ... Read More
18th May 2017 5:13pm
Morgan (US) says...
Mrs. Anonymous said: "But, at least you seem to agree that the name that the English found once they were in new lands in the New World was America and it was the continent's. Or are you also refuting that?" No, I wouldn't refute it, but I would qualify it. Right or wrong, in the English-speaking world, the name "America" came to be used principally for the British colonies of the east coast of North America, hence the later adoption of the name by the US (or the ... Read More
16th May 2017 4:18pm
Sarah says...
Oh please, why don't you just quit blaming citizens of the U.K. and misconstruing the usage of the name of America and term American. There was never a nation named America known to anyone. America was well understood to be the New World and Americans the people of this New World.

Seriously, you guys from the beginning have always been too presumptuous. The Brits are really not to blame for that.
16th May 2017 5:20pm
Arti (Germany) says...
This discussion is quickly morphing into a nasty shape of youtube's comment section, instead of debating the term "American", with credible sources and reasonable arguments, I only read that Americans are this and that and bla bla bla. People you can't expect others to show serious concern for your written word, if its content is full of blame, accusation and disdain, are you here to make a change for the good or just hear to bash some U.S. citizens and fabricate generalized ... Read More
16th May 2017 5:45pm
Sarah says...
@Arti Stop being so naive and dense. This isn't a debate. There is nothing here to debate. It is a confrontation against a narrative that went on for far too long without being challenged. You can spend the next year or two, showing them evidence, presenting logical arguments, trying to appeal to reason, being polite, holding your tongue, and you won't advance a millimeter. Because these guys posting here aren't interested in the truth. They are indeed arrogant, ignorant, ... Read More
16th May 2017 6:30pm
Arti (Germany) says...
@Sarah And how exactly will your methods work, the only result I read from you are generalized allegations that all U.S. citizens are dumb, well "Mrs. I know them All", maybe you could share your insight regarding each single profile of U.S. citizen living in the U.S.? Calling somebody dumb, stupid, etc. won't solve the problem, and deciding on something without consulting the affected ones, namely the "Americans" is an authoritarian display of power being abused. You ... Read More
16th May 2017 7:02pm
Morgan (US) says...
Sarah said: "...quit blaming citizens of the U.K. ... The Brits are really not to blame for that." "Dear" Sarah seems to have fled the forum. That seems to be the typical reaction by posters who come here hurling insults and spewing anger. Very quickly they realize that they don't have much else to say. Her remark about the U.K. nevertheless deserves a response, one that we've discussed here before. Of course the U.K. citizens of today are not to blame for the ... Read More
19th May 2017 1:13am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
But Morgan, I have shown you before that the English knew that America was the continent. One of them was about Hamilton, an Englishmen who came to America, and he first lived in one of the caribbean Islands and he wrote in his letters that he was in the continent of America. Another one when you brought to us the Paris treaty. There, there is a sentence or paragraph which refers to other colonies and territories of the British crown that are in other parts of the continent of America. With ... Read More
17th May 2017 1:29am
Morgan (US) says...
Mrs. Anonymous said: "But Morgan, I have shown you before that the English knew that America was the continent. ...With time, we could pull other examples of how the English knew that America was the continent." Yes, and I've pointed you, too, to documents showing that the name "America" was widely used as a collective term for the British colonies. This gave rise to the practice through the years of calling the country "America". I understand that many of you ... Read More
17th May 2017 2:00am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
I agree, I don't get angry. I don't really gain much from winning this debate. I have been researching the theme for a while and so it is of an interest to me. That is all. Regarding the names of the colonies, it is a mix. They had other names as well, but when I think the British referred to the "American Colonies" it was because these colonies, out of the many they have all throughout the world in their possesion, these were the ones in the continent of America. So it was ... Read More
18th May 2017 3:58pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
@Rob "In English, the term "America" with no qualifiers has been used almost exclusively to refer to the the US since its inception" According to what you wrote here, the name America was to be meant for the English Colonies? So, if it was meant to be for the Enlgish Colonies, who coined the name? after whom? and what about that map, the one that the U.S. and it is in the Library of Congress, the Waldseemuller map? What about Vespucci? who is he? Did he discover the English ... Read More
16th May 2017 2:10pm
Anonymous (North Korea) says...
16th May 2017 12:29pm
Morgan (US) says...
@Anonymous (North Korea)

You are not from North Korea. No North Korean would call the country "North" Korea, but rather the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

However, I thank you for the implicit and unwitting support you bring to the case of North and South America being two distinct and separate entities, two separate continents in other words, as demonstrated by their two distinct landmasses.
16th May 2017 3:32pm
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