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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Anonymous (Chile) says...
I like to know when the name America was first used and who used it to describe United States of North America? Thanks.
Yesterday 11:00pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
The name America was first used in a Map by cartographer Martin Waldseemuller and Matthias Ringmann along with a piece of work where they state the reason why the name should be "America" on the new continent. Many people think that it was Martin Waldseemuller who coined the name, but according to a book I read it was actually Matthias Ringmann the one behind the name given to the continent of America. Matthias was the writer of the Cosmographiae Introductio.
Today 1:50am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
The other question is a little more complicated since there is no exact information on who or what but there is some consensus that it was probably the British who by calling the people who were in the continent of America: "Americans" that this picked up somehow and so it was adapted as if it was only for the people from the English colonies by the same English people in the colonies so they coined the name of the union of states as United States of America. But this name came after ... Read More
Today 2:02am
Anonymous says...
I live abroad and just to give y`all a little perspective on this I`ll chime in. Here in Japan people call the U.S.A., America. They are taught this in schools. I tell people Im from the States or the U.S. they often try and correct me by asking if I mean America. Ive shown many nationals here pictures of North America and asked them if they can identify the continent. They call it. They can not. I show a picture of the United States, and all too quickly they shout AMERICA. As an American from ... Read More
Yesterday 9:11pm
Anonymous says...
If one were to assume that your heritage is Hispanic. Would we be correct?
Yesterday 9:39pm
Anonymous says...
Nope, Black, White, and Native American. Born in Texas grew up in Hawaii.
Yesterday 10:23pm
Anonymous says...
Is Hawaii where your education came from? I'm wondering how a person from the USA with an education from the USA came to have your point of view against the value and culture we aspire in being an American. Not by continent but by birth in the USA.
Yesterday 10:37pm
Anonymous (Chile) says...
I agree with that statement about the three countries in North America, United States of North America, Mexico and Canada. In Chile we refer to citizens of USA, Norte Americano or North Americans.
Yesterday 11:05pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Its easy, Japan being a U.S. allied , is using the United States school sytem of education. This is typical as we have already discussed it before. All U.S. allies and countries which came under U.S. intervention somehow end up teaching the same thing taught in U.S. school system.
Today 2:11am
Anonymous says...
Mrs A. By your own admission you say the USA had backed Latin dictators. If this was the case, wouldn't we have intervened and enforced that they teach the same history as we did as you say we did to Japan. I can't wait to hear your answer but I'm sure it will be another rambling set of nonsense. Again, no facts just your Ecuadorian Latin upbringing narrative.
Today 3:22am
Anonymous says...
ELI said, I was born in the American southwest and people from the USA understand as the Southwest of the USA. Because the term means different things to different people? With the aim of stopping the Soviet Union Roosevelt said "America for the Americans" and every American nation got behind him on this. Had Americans known that what the USA president meant was "America for the USA" I am positive this would be a very different world today. First of all, why are you ... Read More
Yesterday 7:54pm
Windsor (Canada) says...
I don't give a f*ck if Florida used to be part of the Spanish Empire, I don't even care if we find out that Amerigo/Columbus/whoever the f*ck actually walked on its shores. All I know is that it's the embarrassment of the continent. I'm ashamed to share the same piece of land that FloriDUH is on. I hope the next hurricane wipes that degenerate place off of our continent. And Mrs A, I'm not done with you. You recently said you moved to the US, which explains everything. You ... Read More
Yesterday 6:36pm
Anonymous says...
It's funny that Latin Americans think they matter. They don't. You have to live in a first world country to matter. So the only people who matter on this issue is Canadians and Americans.
Yesterday 3:49pm
Eli (US) says...
America has over a billion people, the US and Canada about 350 million, yet according to you the majority of Americans don't matter.... yeah... think I know what happened in the past to minorities that thought in this manner.
Yesterday 5:41pm
Anonymous says...
Eli I believe everybody knows there called third world countries or simply Latin America. Alwas complaining about the big bad USA, is the first to have their hand out but doesn't contribute to society. I take it this was your point
Yesterday 7:02pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
even the powerful fall. In history this is what has happened to the mighty ones who think so much of themselves. Actually the higher they are, the faster and harder the fall will be.
Today 1:16am
Mrs. Anonymous says...
This is not even the issue we are debating, but you seem to bring this negative connotations about people trying to establish a civil conversation in this website. But things like this said about people only show the things you might have in your mind/heart which to me could be psychological trauma or low self esteem that you feel so much the need to put people down which in turn make you feel better.
Today 1:39am
Anonymous says...
Vespucci was a hack con artist not an explorer or captain like Columbus. Not sure if it really matters but what's done is done and the continent was named America at that time. Today's 2 continents North and South America were one. USA and other countries teaches the 7 continent model others especially latam teach 6 continents. Who is anyone to say one is right or wrong, maybe it's a culture thing and one people should accept. Morgan you will find Mrs A is nothing but a troll. She ... Read More
23rd August 2016 8:06pm
Anonymous says...
If Vespucci was a con artist, then he probably was a very good one. He certainly had those intellectuals in Germany fooled alright. Because sailing from the tip of Florida down to Patagonia, and identifying it as a completely new continent isn't deserving of having the place named for your achievements. Now what had Columbus done to deserve any accolades other than lazing around in the Caribbean for about a decade?
23rd August 2016 8:52pm
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