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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atesin (Chile) says...
(cont.) so in case you dont understand yet and to avoid topic devirtualizing, is all about "america" is the name of the continent not the country the proof that USA is a part of the america continent is that your country is officially named "united states OF AMERICA"... not united states of americas or united states of north america i think the confussion started with the presence of the "america" word in the name, so you call yourselves as "americans" ... Read More
1st April 2017 6:29am
Brian (US) says...
All of you Latin Americans who think Americans are so stupid, I assume a major reason for this idea is the relatively low ranking of our public schools. Right? Well, guess what. The public school systems of every single Latin American country rank below the public school system in the United States. Chile ranks the highest in Latin America, but they rank below the United States. Some Latin American countries, such as Mexico and Brazil, are known to have incredibly terrible public school ... Read More
28th February 2017 7:26pm
atesin (Chile) says...
hi bryan... i think is not a matter of school or education quality, i feel you are taking advantage of this conversation to insult us... think there are many other countries with better educational system than USA (mostly european and asian) that perfectly comprehend the u.s. people designation proposals anyway, "better education" is relative and depends the goal you are trying to achieve... here in chile for example, our educational system points to make people that move fine in all ... Read More
1st April 2017 5:59am
Anonymous (US) says...
I actually really like the name Usonian. It was also proposed by Frank Lloyd Wright, an artist that I have great respect for.
20th February 2017 4:15pm
Hmm (Taiwan) says...
Does USA feel that powerful and influential to the world, that they could claim rights to the whole Western world? It’s not about convenience, tradition, or whatever is widely understood, IT’S ABOUT RESPECT. The citizens of USA need to figure out that they need to respect other regions and countries of America, and not take the term for themselves based on “it’s easier” or “all people say it” or “it’s tradition”. They need to understand that they really are just the a piece ... Read More
10th February 2017 3:31am
CrazyDood (US) says...
Here's the thing. No one else in South America or North America refer to themselves as Americans. You're Canadian or Mexican or Columbian. So why can we just leave well enough alone? This site is just arguing semantics. Are you confused to who someone's talking about when they refer to an American? Probably not. It irks you because it seems broad and maybe you're jealous we're the only ones who get to use it, but it's not going to change, just like we're unable to ... Read More
26th December 2016 2:31am
Anonymous (US) says...
shut the ***** up you pathetic ignorant usanian
20th January 2017 4:59am
atesin (Chile) says...
you are wrong .... i am chilean and i am american ... commonly "south americans" refer ourselves as americans, you are the ones that make that distinction
1st April 2017 6:49am
Mercfan (US) says...
You are wrong from the very beginning. America is not one Continent. It's widely known that there are 7 Continents - North America and South America are two different Continents, not one Continent.

People of the USA refer to themselves as Americans because America is in the name United States of America. We don't say we are United States of Americans or US American, of Unitedstatesian and USian because none of them sound right.
12th December 2016 10:19pm
atesin (Chile) says...
i agree we are not used to listen, but is more "correct" ...

columbus discovered a whole new continent later called america... the confussion started when english settlers were called "british americans" maybe meant "englishmen that lives in the new continent", so for short it turned just into "americans"
1st April 2017 7:01am
Ahmed (Libya) says...
Yankee
6th December 2016 10:10pm
Anonymous (Argentina) says...
Another option could be united stater (it doesn't make much sense but I like how it sounds)
10th October 2016 11:41pm
Belmiro Reis (Brazil) says...
In my opinion sounds is better in one word.
11th October 2016 3:11pm
Morgan (US) says...
Regardless of how it sounds and whether it is one word or two, this term will never be adopted. It just isn't in the cards, kids, whether you like it or not.
12th October 2016 6:16pm
Belmiro Reis (Brazil) says...
US = Usonians
Americans = every people born or live in America continent.
10th October 2016 3:24pm
Morgan (US) says...
Except that the people of the US are not going to change their centuries-old practices in this matter just because Belmiro Reis says so.

You can say what you want, and they will say what they want. And this little issue is not going to prevent the sun from rising in the east tomorrow morning.
12th October 2016 6:13pm
NameGod says...
USONA. united states of north america.
and it's pronounced wu-so-na or yu-so-na like NASA.

hence,
usa = usona
american = usonan

problem is just solved.
congrats, usonan people and the world. :)
peace.

n u r r irukhali
18th September 2016 12:35pm
NameGodDevotee says...
Usona is fair enough indeed.
check this out, y'all.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_alternative_country_names

Esperanto language adopted the idea of Usona and the Esperanto word Usono refers to USA as the result.

http://esperanto-usa.org/en/node/657
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Usona

somebody modified Usono into Usonia.
because he thought that it sounds better and nation-like.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usonia
18th September 2016 1:11pm
Morgan (US) says...
NameGodDevotee said:

"somebody modified Usono into Usonia.
because he thought that it sounds better and nation-like."

That might have been Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect, who used "Usonian" as a name to describe a style of architecture typical of the US.
26th September 2016 3:28pm
Morgan (US) says...
NameGod said:

"problem is just solved.
congrats, usonan people and the world. :)
peace."

No, the problem is not solved. Canada and Mexico too can be considered part of North America, and they might take umbrage at the name "North America" being included as part of "Usona".
26th September 2016 3:25pm
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