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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Mrs. Anonymous says...
I agree with you that the name America is believed to be the U.S. in SOME parts of the world. This is the discussion we are having, the why and why not and how and when this name is being used for a country when it is a continent's name. However, you know this, but many people think that there is not one continent called America, but two continents one called South America and the other North America this helps the name "America" to be free and so the U.S. and others use it to ... Read More
11th April 2017 11:20pm
Jeany (Canada) says...
This appears to be an excuse, not a reason? What does "American Flag" mean then?
14th April 2017 8:30pm
Brian (US) says...
It is extremely simple and obvious to anyone who is not pretending to be confused. 'American flag', which is obviously in English, almost always means 'the flag of the United States of America'. The context of the text or discussion will make the meaning clear. What purpose is served by your pretending that this is confusing? Why are you deliberately being fatuous? If you really do not know what 'American flag' means, you should be embarassed by your gross ignorance and ... Read More
14th April 2017 9:11pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
As far as I remember it used to be called the U.S. Flag not so long ago. What changed?
15th April 2017 12:48am
Morgan (US) says...
Mrs. Anonymous said:

"As far as I remember it used to be called the U.S. Flag not so long ago. What changed?"

Nothing has changed! The flag is still called the "US flag" OR the (as always) "American flag", as the speaker sees fit to express it. And NO, there is no confusion about it meaning a flag for the entire continent or for the two continents (as you prefer). Or is there, unbeknownst to me, a flag for the continent/the continents of "America".
20th April 2017 2:38pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
The USA history is so different than many other nations in America. For instance, those who were born in the new world did not have a name perse as how to call them since they were not British nor Europeans. There were no names to assign their heritage to only the name of the new world and continent"America". Hence, they began to call themselves Americans since they were from the new world America and not from Europe the old world. These also adopted the names of their colonies, ... Read More
9th April 2017 11:54am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Andrew said: "No one has stated explicitly that the name America belongs only to a country. What is true is that they have claimed that the most common usage of an unqualified 'America' is used in reference to the USA as opposed to the landmass" Andrew,maybe you haven't but there are others in this discussion that have said it. "Again, this isn't really true. America was still used as a reference to the USA before the Americas divide." The English used the ... Read More
9th April 2017 11:07am
Anonymous says...
"Andrew,maybe you haven't but there are others in this discussion that have said it." In that case I apologise. I might have presumed there. Sorry about that. "Just read some posters in this discussion and you will find out that this is an ingrained thing in the U.S., school books, the media, the politicians, etc." Do you mean using the name America to refer to the USA? If that's the case then that's true, although I wouldn't necessarily agree with the ... Read More
9th April 2017 5:49pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
no problem. and yes on that question.
11th April 2017 11:12pm
Andrew says...
"The misunderstanding is that there is no connection in history on how the U.S. got the name and the continent lost it" What do you mean, exactly? "the British colonized as if it was the only "America" No they didn't. Colonies were never intended to be independent countries so referring to them as 'America' was simply a reference point as to were they were located. I'm pretty sure that no mother country at the time considered the fact that the type of ... Read More
9th April 2017 6:26am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
The story on how the U.S. adopted the name "Of America" has been very vague and without explanations. Some say it was when someone published a journal in the colonies and called the nation America. Perhaps this person did not really know what he was doing because he might had been one of those who did not know that there was a whole continent out there and if the country's claim the name America because of this person's lack of knowledge, or lack of understanding of the ... Read More
9th April 2017 11:38am
anonymis (US) says...
In the sixth grade 1963, studying the US Constitution, the teacher would refer to the American Constitution. I was confused, asked if the US Constitution applied to all of the Americas I thought she was going to choke. Then she clarified the constitution only applied to just the US.
Shame it was not all inclusive. It would have been great. As George Washington mentioned, this country could be great as long as we distance our selves from the European politics
8th April 2017 4:26pm
Jeany (Canada) says...
Good for you to question it! I wish she'd have had a lightbulb moment and passed on the proper information from then on...But we all know she didn't.
14th April 2017 8:28pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
When the British set sailed to the new world it was very possible that they knew they were coming to America. When the British landed in the new world they landed in a continent called "America." What made them take the name of the continent they came to?
2nd April 2017 12:19am
Anonymous says...
Because they could. All you and your friends can do is whine about it
5th April 2017 12:01am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Sorry but that is not a proper answer. Anyone can do whatever they wish but there are proper ways to do them. One can pee wherever one wants but is it proper to do it just because one wants to do it?
9th April 2017 11:12am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
From local gov. website:"Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 world map grew out of an ambitious project in St. Dié, near Strasbourg, France, during the first decade of the sixteenth century, to document and update new geographic knowledge derived from the discoveries of the late fifteenth and the first years of the sixteenth centuries. Waldseemüller’s large world map was the most exciting product of that research effort, and included data gathered during Amerigo Vespucci’s voyages of ... Read More
2nd April 2017 12:04am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
so what is it? a continent, two continents, Central America in North America or in South America???
It is a continent: America
Central America is not part of any North America nor South America continent, but of America one continent.
2nd April 2017 12:15am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
When the British came to America (the continent) it was already named by Waldseemuller and Ringmann after Amerigo Vespucious and accepted by the European world. If people think otherwise, then explain how did the U.S. come up with the name United States OF AMERICA? Where did they get the name "America" from, if it really wasn't from the continent into which they landed in the new world? Please explain that!
1st April 2017 11:47pm
Ghost of Vespuci (US) says...
Probably because there were no other similarly constituted nations within the American continent/s. Hence, "United States" OF America. The nomenclature describes both what we are and where we are located. Additionally, our country is one of the oldest in the hemisphere, and the early bird catches the worm.
11th April 2017 5:54pm
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