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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Sarah says...
While humorous it is also kind of sad really. How US Citizens like yourself try to rationalize the continent of America out of existence so in its place misrepresent your nation and nationality as America and American respectively. As if no one is the wiser. And then when called out on it, act as if those pointing out the obvious are in the wrong. Sincerely and quite honestly, your shameless dishonesty really is nauseating.
16th May 2017 4:45pm
Morgan (US) says...
Sarah said: "...to rationalize the continent of America out of existence..." Not at all, just pointing out incoherencies in what we can read here. "...so in its place misrepresent your nation and nationality as America and American respectively." My post had nothing to do with my nation or with the terms America/American, only with the assumption that America comprises only one continent. "As if no one is the wiser." But no one is the wiser, certainly not you. If ... Read More
16th May 2017 5:06pm
Sarah says...
@Morgan

That's because America is The continent. The partitions of the continent are specifically referred to as the sub continents.
16th May 2017 5:45pm
Rob (US) says...
In English, the term "America" with no qualifiers has been used almost exclusively to refer to the the US since its inception, and was used primarily to refer to the British colonies in North America before that. For over two centuries "America" has meant "the USA" to people all over the globe, while the New World at large has been called "the Americas." You don't get to dictate how the terms are used, in defiance of convention, as a self-esteem ... Read More
16th May 2017 7:47am
Arti (Germany) says...
@Rob Here is the flaw in your logic: How can the country "America" be located on a continent called "North America", wouldn't that imply that there is a continent called America, it makes no sense? In a world where north, south, west and east are only parts of the total, I fail to see the validity in your logic. "Americas" or "America" is one and the same, whether you see America as one continent or as the two subcontinents North- and South-America, ... Read More
16th May 2017 9:40am
Allan says...
Please don't bother, these fabulists aren't interested in the truth. Their interest lies solely in the expropriation of the name of America and demonym American from the continent and its people. They have been at this for quite a while.
16th May 2017 11:29am
Andrew says...
I mean no disrespect to you in saying this but in answer to the question 'How can a country that is in North America be called America?' Well considering there's a country called Australia in the continent of Australia, quite easily actually. The way I see it is that the North/South divide is a way of defining continents properly whilst still crediting Vespucci with the discovery. America is not a single continent it's a huge landmass. (They hadn't fully exploded it.) That ... Read More
16th May 2017 11:39am
Arti (Germany) says...
@Andrew No disrespect either, but Australia the country and Australia the continent have no subcontinent(s) to begin with, therefore the America dilemma does not apply, not even if you were to throw Tasmania into this debate, as Tasmanians are Australians, because Tasmania is a federal state of Australia. "America is not a single continent it's a huge landmass." Please not this again, a continent is precisely a huge landmass, whether it is a double continent a single continent or ... Read More
16th May 2017 12:17pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
So, according to your line of thought, where is Central America located?
16th May 2017 2:04pm
Morgan (US) says...
Arti (Germany) said @Rob

"Morgan already mentioned that no official document of the U.S. calls the country "America".

Yes, I've pointed this out many a time, and it's true. It's one way in which the US shows its awareness of a sensitive and controversial semantic discrepancy around the term "America".
16th May 2017 3:52pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
@Rob, so according to your line of thought, where is Central AMERICA located?
16th May 2017 2:05pm
Sarah says...
United Statesians hate the continent of America for its name because they want the term American for themselves.
16th May 2017 5:51am
Morgan (US) says...
Sarah said:

"United Statesians hate the continent of America..."

Yet another blanket statement. Are you really so obtuse, or do you just not know any better than to make such claims?
16th May 2017 3:43pm
Morgan (US) says...
@Sarah, who said: "The fact of the matter is..." Anyone who begins a sentence like this betrays their own authoritarian tendencies. "...US nationals ... if they were honest with themselves..." So you get to decide what is honest and what isn't, right? "...they'd come to terms with the truth..." So you get to decide what the truth is, right? "...I'd also suggest they qualify that they are U.S. Americans..." In which case what do you call ... Read More
16th May 2017 3:39am
Sarah says...
United Statesian is the more accurate demonym. As it is derived from the actual name of the country. Not the geography it lays mention to in its longer name. U.S. American merely means American from the United States. So there is no issues with it. Just as Latin American means American from America's Latin region. But I take it that you really are having issues coming to terms with the obvious. Being that the United States is of America not itself America. Yeah well, I'm sure ... Read More
16th May 2017 5:17am
Morgan (US) says...
@Sarah (if thet is really you name)

You do indeed sound so much like someone else we've read here before, with your ad hominem attacks, blanket statements, bigoted generalizing and that tired platitude "There is no country named America". Such overly self-confident rhetoric can't hide the fact that you simply don't have the historical background necessary to participate in an in-depth discussion of the issue.
16th May 2017 3:17pm
Sarah says...
@Morgan

What is there to have an in depth discussion about? The fact that U.S. Citizens misrepresent their nation and nationality at the expense of the continent and the people of the continent?

Dear, it is the only reason why you'd rationalize America out of existence. Seriously pumpkin, you are kidding yourselves. The topic of discussion isn't how long a history nor how successful this misinformation campaign against the continent of America is.
16th May 2017 5:10pm
Sarah says...
Otherwise you would not have spend so many months posting on this forum your state of denial.
16th May 2017 5:20am
Morgan (US) says...
@Sarah

If you had read and understood all of my posts you would be much better equipped to participate in this discussion. I suggest you go take a roadtrip.
16th May 2017 3:21pm
Oscar says...
US Citizens come across as believing to possess a special right to defraud and steal. And as others have pointed out they have no quarrels with being dishonest.
15th May 2017 12:59pm
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