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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Ghost of Vespucci (US) says...
To put a finer point on it: Our country was the first independent nation in the Americas. We get to name it whatever we want.
11th April 2017 11:54pm
atesin (Chile) says...
here in the rest of the world we use "america" to name the whole continent not just your country, what we think is more accurate depsite your elders taught you the proof that USA is a part of america is that your country is actually named "united states *OF* america", not "united states of north america" nor "united states of *americas*" .... but i think as the new world english settlers were refered as "british americans" and the country has ... Read More
1st April 2017 5:21am
atesin (Chile) says...
to avoid confussion and sound less imperialist or narrow before other countries, would be better if you refer your beloved land as "united states" or just "USA" and name yourselves as "united states american", "u.s. citizen" ... or as someone from chile are "chilean", from italy are "italian", from egypt are "egyptian", from india are "indian" and so on, the correct way of name yourselves should be "united ... Read More
1st April 2017 5:23am
Anonymous (US) says...
America is not the only country that has the words united states in its name. The United States of America and, the United States of Mexico are currently the only countries that have "united states" in their countries name, but Brazil, Belgium, Columbia, Indonesia, the Ionian Islands, Saurashtra, Stellaland, Travancore and Cochin, and Venezuela, all used too be the United States of "________"
5th April 2017 7:34pm
Anonymous (US) says...
America has territories and, a state, Hawaii, that are not apart of the North American continent. America is named after Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian explorer who set forth the then revolutionary concept that the lands that Christopher Columbus sailed to in 1492 were part of a separate continent.
5th April 2017 7:46pm
Anonymous (US) says...
Mexico, is not called Mexico, either, it is the United States of Mexico or, United Mexican States, depending on how you translate it. The majority of people do not refer to their country by its official name instead, people usually shorten the name to just the "proper noun", dropping words like federation, united, confederation, union, republic.... and so on. American is how Americans refer to themselves, it's offensive to tell someone what they can call themselves.
5th April 2017 7:12pm
Anonymous says...
América es un continente y comprende desde Canadá hasta Argentina.. y si los estadounidenses se creen que solo ellos son americanos es por completa ignorancia.. burros
31st March 2017 4:16pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Let's see: The U.S. settlers began coming to the new world in the early 1600's. Like 1607. Columbus founded Spanish colonies as he was landing on land in the new world in the end of the 1400's. Amerigo Vespucious navigated the new world at around 1500's. German cartographers named the new world in a map in 1507. These German's gave the name to the new world and put it on a map for the world to see. This map was to become the newest revised map of the world from the Ptolemy ... Read More
31st March 2017 1:07am
Brian (US) says...
And? What is your point? What is your argument? I am seriously asking. It would be great and very helpful if you could give a clear and concise account of your fundamental argument. What is the lie that we Americans are telling ourselves and the world when we call ourselves Americans and our country America? What is it that Americans are misunderstanding when we use these words? What are we ignorant of? How is it illogical when we use the words America and Americans? How is it ungrammatical? ... Read More
31st March 2017 2:11am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
The point is exactly what you read, that the name America belongs to a continent and not to a country. That people here are asserting that the name America is not a continent's but the name of the U.S. People say that there are two continents in America so the name America is not taken so the U.S. can use it freely. People in the U.S. and in the world are being fed the idea that the name belongs to the country and not to a continent. The misunderstanding is that there is no connection in ... Read More
1st April 2017 11:39pm
Andrew says...
"That people here are asserting that the name America is not a continent's but the name of the U.S. 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. "People say that there are two continents in America so the name America is not taken so the U.S. can use it freely" Again, this isn't ... Read More
9th April 2017 6:08am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Why would the U.S. books who teach children about who discovered America, mention Christopher Columbus who really did not step into any piece of land in the United States at all? Columbus discovered America for the Europeans. Why would the U.S. call itself America when America was the name given to the Continent by Europeans? Why would the U.S. adopt a name that they knew was already in use and yet still they used it? And now it is a controversy.
30th March 2017 10:57pm
Ghost of Vespucci (US) says...
"Why would the U.S. adopt a name that they knew was already in use and yet still they used it?"

Because they were a collection of politically, culturally, and geographically United States within the territory of (North) America. They used it because it was descriptive, and I doubt they much cared about what anyone else thought, nor should they have.
11th April 2017 10:19pm
Rodsal (Chile) says...
Calling the U.S "America" is England's fault. The english settlers in the 17th century called their 13 colonies America because it was THEIR part of the continent. So when they spoke of "coming to America" they meant coming to THEIR America. NO WAY they would refer to Spanish, French or Portuguese America, since the British had already by then a bitter rivalry with most of those European powers. And when the U.S gained its independence, its people continued that tendency ... Read More
13th April 2017 8:43pm
Anonymous says...
U.S.A. is not America! THAT IS THE TRUE
30th March 2017 5:43pm
Ghost of Vespucci (US) says...
Of course it's true. Citizens of the USA are Americans both by nationality and geographically, in the broader continental sense.
11th April 2017 10:30pm
Lógica Infalible (Paraguay) says...
The Spanish and Portuguese speaking peoples of América are the true Americans because we have more indigenous blood than Unitedstatians. The Unitedstatians and their European forefathers killed, dispossessed, exploited, and enslaved the natives. The Unitedstatians are evil and disgusting people. Spanish and Portuguese speakers also killed, exploited, dispossessed, and enslaved the natives, and continue to do so, but this is OK because we also have a lot of sex with them. Love conquers all! We ... Read More
29th March 2017 11:45am
Ramon (US) says...
They are genetically less European and more American.
30th March 2017 10:29pm
Ian (UK) says...
For English speakers there are two American continents, North and South. Maybe it’s due to the English colonies being mainly in the North but the Spanish colonies being all over the two continents. It's logical for it to be referred to as a single American continent in Spanish but North and South in English. Just as in other languages. English speakers use America to refer to the USA to shorten the country name, just like we say Mexico instead of the official name of Estados Unidos ... Read More
28th March 2017 4:20pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
When the English came to settled in the new world the new world was named America and not North America and South America. It was logical to name it one continent because it was coined as one continent by the Europeans of the day. When the English set foot on the new world they were setting foot on America the continent as it was known then. It is illogical to part a continent when the continent is one unless there is an interest of some sort. Trying to compare other names of countries with ... Read More
31st March 2017 12:55am
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