USA is not America

Even when we stated on our home page that this site is not about demonyms, because of popular demand, we are forced to clarify on this issue.

What is Demonyms?

A demonym is a name given to natives or residents of a certain or specific place. The term gentilic was used previously but is now uncommon.

A demonym is usually, but not always, derived from the name of a place.



So what about the people from the United States?

It's wide known that many people use the term American to refer to the people from the United States of America, hence overlapping the demonyms of the inhabitants of the continent of America (remember that America is one whole continent with three sub continents) with the inhabitants of the country.

So many scholars have proposed the use of many terms to solve this misuse: US American and Unitedstatesian and USian among others.

We strongly believe that US American is a fair demonym for the people of the United States of America; fair for them and fair for the continent inhabitants.

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KJK (US) says...
From both a historical perspective a linguistic one, & based on anti-American bigotry, the demonym should remain American 1. I've debated this many times, mostly with S. Americans. When pushed, almost without exception, those who take umbrage with will add something about how we meddle in the world - ergo an anti-American sentiment not relating to our use of the word. 2. Homonyms exists with demonyms. Georgians can come from a state/nation, Washingtonians come from DC/a state for ... Read More
23rd November 2017 1:15pm
Daniel (US) says...
The French call us 'américains' because we are from a different continent. But French Canada refers to us as 'étatsuniens' to distinguish us from Canadians. Spanish is a bit tricky too. As Americans we are (all) called 'americanos'. But from the USA we are 'estadounidenses'. I usually use the term gringo and smile and that lets my latino friends know I don't take all this so damn seriously. I have always hated that our citizens consider themselves Americans ... Read More
18th November 2017 3:36am
Bob Kuegel (US) says...
There was Germany and EAST Germany. Was that too mind-boggling for you? When someone says they're American, no foreigner is confused about whether one is from Canada or Uruguay. And you can't honestly use the words, "strongly," and "fair" together. Strong is not fair. Who are you to be the arbiter? I never knew a Mexican-American who said she was Meso-American, nor has anyone I have known from El Salvador called themselves "Central" anything. Brazilians who ... Read More
15th November 2017 4:03pm
Daniel (US) says...
Uh, pardon, but there was the Bundesrepublik Deutschland and the Deutsche Demokratische Republik ( the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic ). West Germany and East Germany denoted locations not country names. And you can call yourself anything you like, even American, but at home and abroad folks will mentally insert 'Ugly' in front of it.
18th November 2017 3:45am
Kenneth (US) says...
Ok, I give... let every countries citizens in the American Continent call themselves American...

How's the Statement go... "All Hat, no Cattle" well, go ahead... "All Name, no GDP"... is everyone happy now?
26th October 2017 11:32pm
Kenneth (US) says...
I think you're nuts. When I travel for Business or Pleasure, people refer to me as "American"... that's the Test. Doing Business in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Peru, most people never challenge the idea that they are American also... and certainly when the Al Queda and ISIS killers were kidnapping people... killing some captured and sparing others, believe me no Canadian or Mexican, or Costa Rican or Honduran, or Brazilian, Colombian or Argentinean would ever dare ... Read More
26th October 2017 11:02pm
Anonymous says...
Continent of America (remember that America is one whole continent with three sub continents)... No, America is not a continent, it is two. North America and South America make up the Americas. Central America is a Sub-continent of North America much like South Asia is a sub continent of the Greater Asian Continent. I am not fighting the idea that there needs to be a shift in understanding of the symantics of the word "American"
26th October 2017 6:53pm
Anonymous says...
US American is overly long and overdone. Folks from other countries in the Americas (and I've been in many of them) do not refer to themselves in relation to the Americas. Canadians are Canadians, Bolivians are Bolivians and folks from French Guiana are French...Whoops.
26th October 2017 5:52pm
Black First (US) says...
You call the people of the Western Hemisphere White Devils because every single country on these two continents were founded on slavery and oppression.
These same countries are trying to silence the Black voice and promote the voice of the Hispanics, who really are just Mongoloid/European bаstards with no real culture or history.
There is no pride in being American or from North and South America
Black First
27th September 2017 10:55am
Anonymous (US) says...
Your an idiot.
26th October 2017 2:00pm
Anonymous says...
You're*
26th October 2017 3:31pm
Anonymous (US) says...
Maybe you should just go back to Africa if you are so unhappy here. Good riddance!
26th October 2017 6:37pm
Kenneth (US) says...
Anonymous, Black First is a Grievance Monger... going back to Africa solve nothing other than getting one less complainer off our shore... if Black First were to return to Africa... Africa would send Africa First back to America...
26th October 2017 11:14pm
Nico (Spain) says...
I know it's not up to me, but I'd say one of the most controversy-free and easy to say alternatives is "Usonian" for the inhabitants, and "Usonia" as anickname for the country. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Usonian The term Usonian was invented by the USA-born writer James Duff Law (in his book "Here and There in Two Hemispheres"), and coined by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who used it for his Usonian homes, so it has the ... Read More
7th September 2017 12:56pm
Kenneth (US) says...
Nico... Americans would never accept it.
26th October 2017 11:16pm
Anonymous says...
You call those white devil kkkrackkkerz AmeriKKKanz because that's what they are. Got that through your stupid thickkk skkkulls you inbred wetbackkks.
28th July 2017 1:02pm
Anonymous (US) says...
Statians would be the proper demonym for US citizens.
25th July 2017 4:26pm
Anonymous (US) says...
It is pronounced as "Stay-tions"
25th July 2017 4:30pm
Anonymous (US) says...
That pronunciation would be for the word "stations".
26th October 2017 6:38pm
Kenneth (US) says...
Anonymous (US)...

Statians are you serious... Americans would never accept it.
26th October 2017 11:19pm
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