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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Freedom Fries (US) says...
And yet we are Americans and our country is America. Reality can be unpleasant and the multiverse knows nothing of "fairness". You lost this battle a long time ago.
25th May 2017 11:43am
Morgan (US) says...
Just keep looking. You'll find maps that show a very contrasting and evolutive vision of the New World.
25th May 2017 4:42pm
Morgan (US) says...
And don't listen to "Freedom Fries". She's as whacky as they come.
26th May 2017 4:38pm
Anonymous says...
So far this is what we got: Europeans came to the new world Columbus sailed to the new world for Spain. He thought he had found India. Others sailed and saw that it was not India but another world. Amerigo Vespucci sailed the south of this new world. Cartographer Waldseemuller with Ringmann updated the world map of ptolemy and included the new world, giving it a name: America. The name spread throughout Europe and was accepted as the name of the new world. Colonies were founded in the north ... Read More
25th May 2017 1:31am
Adon says...
The British called everyone from the continent of America Americans. The term American is from the 1500s. The clarification "British" American is often unnecessary when context suffices.
25th May 2017 8:31am
Freedom Fries (US) says...
América is your word. America is ours.
24th May 2017 11:55am
Anonymous says...
America for the Americans!
24th May 2017 12:34pm
Adon says...
América and America is the same name. The accent is placed when written in Spanish to aid the reader in pronunciation.

It is not "your word"
25th May 2017 8:24am
Freedom Fries (US) says...
America has multiple definitions in English dictionaries. América has multiple definitions in Spanish and Portuguese dictionaries. If you don't believe this, all you have to do is look it up. If América and America are exactly the same, why aren't their definitions exactly the same in these languages? Could it be that each language adopted the word America, that the meaning in each language evolved over time into a number of different meanings, and that some of these meanings continue ... Read More
25th May 2017 10:35am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
The U.S. knows that the name AMERICA is not only theirs, but the whole continent's. Exports from the U.S. will not have "Made in America" symbol even though people think it does. For example, today while at the supermarket, buying fruits, this time, blueberries, it did not say product from America, it said: Product from the U.S.A. and it also said: Produit des E.U. Look around you, see who brings your mail, the U.S. post office not the American post office, etc.
25th May 2017 6:09pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
To those who didn't like that post about the label on the fruits, go and see it for yourself and read labels and you can see that I am not joking around.
26th May 2017 12:38pm
Allan says...
You dingbats showcase some of the most ignorant and stupid arguments.

English to Spanish

Jose - José
Jesus - Jesús
Latin - Latín
America - América

Understanding the explicit use of accent marks in Spanish:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZr1YpxdcNA
25th May 2017 10:01am
Morgan (US) says...
@Allan

Glad to see that you're still among us. I thought you'd gone the way of Sarah, Omar and Eric, who slinked out the back door when confronted with a challenge to their ideas. I had a look back through some recent posts and realized that you're from the US.

There's no harm in avowing what country you're from, you know.
25th May 2017 4:14pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
By people showing that there were those who called the colonies "America" it makes it more obvious that the name of the continent was taken. This has been our discussion since the beginning. The discussion has been that the U.S. took the name of the continent. And by showing examples of the British calling the new nation America you are showing us that we are correct that the name of the continent was taken by the British to name the U.S. It doesn't really matter WHO did it, but ... Read More
24th May 2017 11:45am
Anonymous says...
WARNING! You will lose brain cells reading this. Latin lovers,continue reading. Mrs A is your bearer of light
24th May 2017 1:34pm
Freedom Fries (US) says...
Maybe Mrs. Anonymous's intellect is as good as they come in Latin America. If so, this would explain why those countries have so much trouble digging themselves out of the mess they have made for themselves.
25th May 2017 11:37am
Morgan (US) says...
Anonymous said:

"WARNING! You will lose brain cells reading this."

No, you will NOT lose brain cells reading this. You will get a glimpse into a refined manner of thought, which sometimes brings to light some of the fine points of this controversy, but which sometimes fails to take into account the entire context. But she never falls into the pattern of out-and-out dismissal of her adersaries' claims or of insults.
25th May 2017 4:58pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
I bet you that anonymous and freedom fries are the same person.
25th May 2017 9:42pm
Morgan (US) says...
Mrs. Anonymous said:

"I bet you that anonymous and freedom fries are the same person."

That could very well be.
26th May 2017 1:17am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Anonymous said:"'America' meaning the 13 colonies of Great Britain: Not Canada and certainly not brazil or Venezuela." The 13 colonies where located in America. And yes he meant only the 13 colonies at that time because Brazil nor Venezuela where British Colonies so it would not mean them at all. Your thought implies that the British named the colonies and that the rest of America had another name at that time, and this you know pretty well that it is not the case. Trying to ... Read More
24th May 2017 11:38am
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