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.
- 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 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.
Want to shout something?
7th Dec, 12:08 AMLearn History ignorant. America already existed as a Continent, 300 years before your ignorant country. Did you Know about that?
7th Dec, 12:01 AMPoor stupid, the only one true is that you will never change history officially proves, and you should be ashamed about that. America was a name conceived for a CONTINENT. You will deal with that forever.
4th Dec, 11:42 PMWhen you hear the word American, do you think of people of a continent or of someone from the US?... yeah, you'll never change how we refer to ourselves.
4th Dec, 6:56 AMHow can one website hold so much mad? America is a continent? Where is it?
25th Nov, 1:03 PMThere once was an *censored* that went to cl*censored*, but only after he'd been to M*censored*. He looked out the gl*censored*, and pondered the gr*censored*, and thought "If only I could eat that gr*censored* with one fine l*censored* of an *censored*."
25th Nov, 11:14 AMSo its really obvious why citizens from the United States of America like to call themselves Americans, but apparently it needs to be spelled out for some sad people. Its called convenience. Surprising I know. Citizens of Canada can call themselves Canadian and citizens of Mexico can call themselves Mexicans and it is very convenient to do so, but with a name like the United States of America this doesn't quite work does it? What will they call themselves United Statesians? Obviously not. Thus American became the term of choice. Nobody was trying to offend anybody when they started using it . It developed out of convenience only and people from other countries should just suck it up and stop trying to make it about them.
22nd Nov, 10:23 PMThe United Mexican States Of America is the full name of that country. There are other countires in los americas with the name america in them :P And aslo to shed some light not to much becasue it would take to long to explain on why latin america/Hisanponla america gets offended by the United Statians claming ownership of the continent it has to to do with the fact that the US goverment has commited Genocides put ruthless dictaorships into power murdered milllons of innocent people stold billons if not trillons of dollars from latin/hispanloa america. Forgive me for my terrible grammer english is not my native tongue i hope i have helped somewhat thank you
22nd Nov, 7:46 PMThat's is a childish and stupid argument. the matter is not if any other country has the word America in its name, of course NO because "America" always has been the name of a continent. The matter is that America was born as a continent, it is legitimately and officially proved by History and Cartography. America was the name given for the whole western hemisphere since Alaska to Chile to identify a new continent called the new world. In addition, It is so stupid to say that "America" is a name used by United States since 1600. "What a ignorance" The name America appears first time on a map in 1507 (Learn history!!) and United States was created as a nation in 1794 (?) almost 300 years after "America" had been born, if the vernacular of United States had the misconception to pretend to own this name, this will be something with they will have to deal forever, because technically and historically the vernacular of United States about America is wrong, is fake!. North America and South America were named from the name "America" as the domain name. Check the logical sense of belonging: AMERICA is North AMERICA, CENTRAL and South AMERICA. The stupid strategy by people of United States to split The American Continent to make lose its name as a only one identity and try to look for any sense for its goofy pretension for owning the name, doesn't work. History, Cartography and logical sense of belonging end up giving them a slap!.
22nd Nov, 10:02 AMCan anyone name a single country, other than the US, with America in the name? Do people from Mexico or Canada ever identify themselves as an American, only to then have to qualify that they are Northern American? Why do people even care that people from the United States of America identify themselves as Americans? Technically it is 100% correct, as they are North American. Maybe they aren't being as specific as you like it. People in America, North and South, do love Mc Donald's. The forces from North and South America that fought in Vietnam did lose. Again, there are 0 countries other than the USA that have America in the name, so if someone says that America is their country, you are just being a pedantic fool if you find offense.
22nd Nov, 7:24 AMAlso I’d like to point out that technically, America isn’t a continent – it’s two. More accurately referred to as the Americas. Which is actually why you could argue that it’s acceptable to refer to the US as America, as the continent would actually be referred to as North America, and the two together the Americas. But, meh, semantics.
22nd Nov, 7:23 AMTo the commenters who don’t know what a demonym is: the original post is not about whether people from the US should be referred to as “Americans” or not. Spoiler alert: they should be. If you’re not from the US, you’re welcome to use it yourself in the “I’m European” sense, but Americans (from the US) are completely within their rights to use it to refer to themselves in a nationalistic sense. It has been used this way since the 1600s, and I certainly doubt anything you say will ever convince them to change.
22nd Nov, 7:21 AMI lol'd. There is so much wrong here, I can't even. "This is how we do it in America" is perfectly appropriate. America, country or continent or otherwise, is still a place. It's simply a phrase that can be used by more than just US citizens. "America is my country and I love it." Yeah, you're right, this isn't exactly accurate. However, you could say you live in America and you love it, because States or no States, if you live on the continent, (or that other one) you technically live in America. This is no different than a European saying they live in Europe. Sure, it’s not super patriotic – only slightly more so than “I live on land and I love it” – but not inaccurate. However, saying “United States is my country and I love it” is, grammatically speaking, absolutely atrocious. Same for “U.S.A. lost the Vietnam War” and “Here in U.S. we love McDonald’s.” There’s a really important word you’re missing, and it happens to be one of the most common words in the English language (which I’m *censored*uming you don’t actually speak): “the.” THE United States. Specific united states. Otherwise you could be talking about any old united states. Also, in regards to THE U.S.A. losing the Vietnam War, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t just them. And I know for a fact all of America (and pretty much the world) f-u-c-k-i-n-g loves McDonald’s.
20th Nov, 6:01 PMSo I'm from the USA and I fully agree that US citizens calling themselves American sounds extremely arrogant in a global sense and I try to avoid doing so as much as possible, but I would make the argument that the average US citizen is not thinking about how it looks to people from other nations 100% of the times they use the term. Fact is its just far easier to say I'm American than to say I'm a United States Citizen. I just wish our founders had put a little more thought into the name. It is pathetically unimaginative. That said, I love my country and am saddened when a little thing like this can make us look bad.
19th Nov, 4:33 PMyes, Thank you! I've been insisting on this issue for so long, and most of the time I post about it, all I get is insults from retarded rednecks. Could you add a prominent section providing documentation demonstrating this is in fact right? I am sick of talking about Americo Vespucio, history, how the name is Latin in origin, how it predates the USA, etc. If you want, I can help you write that section. contact me at almafuerte (at) gmail (dot) com
16th Nov, 4:48 PM>Mentioning vietnam and mcdonalds. I could feel the *censored*hurt
14th Nov, 7:17 AMI'm very happy to see more and more people finding this insulting. "Only Americans in America" being shouted at Mexicans and Brazilians just shows the level of ignorance prevalent in yankee culture. As a Canadian (which means I'm American) I can't say being grouped into every stupid act engaged in by the USA to be endearing. Popular usage, the m*censored* rapist of language.
14th Nov, 12:18 AMYeah!! sure. It is just a name?, but when people from United States yells: "America is a country" it is just not a name right? . give me a break!!! you should learn to respect History and evidences about real origin, and identity of <America> . It is the name of a CONTINENT!!.
13th Nov, 6:06 PMYou think not only that whole continent but the entire world is yours. Relax your *censored*holes, bitches, or you'll regret.
13th Nov, 3:20 PMWhat a silly discussion. It´s just a name. What a mediocre thing to argue about.
* showing the last 20 shouts.12th Nov, 10:02 PMUnfortunatelly you are wrong. Most of people in United States think that America is only a Country, but based on official History and historical cartography, a well educated person knows that [AMERICA] already existed as the name to identify the whole western hemisphere identified as the new world, as A "CONTINENT" since 3 centuries before United States was created as a Country. History proves to be true.