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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Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Are you implying that the USA can get away with stuff because it is mighty and powerful?
14th May 2018 2:11pm
Anonymous (Argentina) says...
Americans can't say they're latino because they are not. They can't say they're North American because this also includes Latinos. They can't say they're United-Statesian, because other countries are called, "The United States..." of something. Plus that's not a word in the English language. The only thing left is to use the name that is in the official documents. America. If you Google "american flag" what comes up? When islamic extremist say, ... Read More
12th May 2018 11:04am
Julia (US) says...
Can and do.
12th May 2018 5:14pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Americans are all peoples in the continent of America. Latino is a person whose mother language derives from the Latin root and not necessarily one from the South or Central of America. French speaking people are Latins too. Therefore, Canadians should be Latinos too. There are many U.S. citizens whose mother language is Spanish, or portuguese, French, Italian, etc.. so these are Latin too. So, people in the United States could be Latinos, Anglos, etc. Not other country is called The United ... Read More
14th May 2018 1:50pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Sure, the Official name of the country is "United States of America". But when it comes to govermental organizations or offices, the short and offical name is "The United States, never "America". U.S. Passport, U.S. Embassy, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coins, U.S. Dollars, U.S. Congress, U.S. Senate, U.S. Capitol, U.S Library of Congress, U.S. Visas, etc etc.etc.
14th May 2018 1:55pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
No one is hating the name of the country, United States of America is a strong name but one has to accept the possible way in how they named it. By the time the U.S. became a country, it was mostly to stand against the British Crown and Spanish Crown. These were Europeans and so to make it clear that the new country was not in Europe nor part of Europe, the country used the name of the continent in which they were in, thus America. The example of the haters of the USA from the middle East ... Read More
14th May 2018 2:01pm
Anonymous says...
I disagree that Muslim extremists say "Death to America". Obsviously there are countries who say that and refer to the American policy in their country but it's completely wrong to classify all these people as Muslim extremists because they are not.
18th May 2018 5:43pm
Anonymous (Argentina) says...
It's the USA. The A stands for America. The official name for México is Estados Unidos Mexicanos. Which translated to English is Mexican United states. So following the same logic, why should the U.S.A be the only country referred to as the "United States"? Furthermore south America is a continent, north America is quite a different continent geopolitically and culturally. The fact that south America sends their own soccer teams to the world cup and north America sends their own ... Read More
12th May 2018 10:58am
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Los Estados Unidos is the name of the country that is located in the continent of America. Before Mexico was a country, United States became a country, so your argument about the U.S. using it because of Mexico, is invalid. One because Mexico named its country after the U.S. did, and also because the name is not United States of Mexico, but Mexican United States, that is different.
14th May 2018 1:33pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
America is one continent. North is the North of America and South is the South of America, if not how do you think they were named as such? Also, you are wrong! The subdivision of America called "North America" sends not one team but every country sends their own team, Mexico, Canada, and U.S.A. Plus, Central America (which they erroneously place in North America) sends their own teams to the world cup too. North America is not a continent, maybe a subcontinent but is the ... Read More
14th May 2018 1:38pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
"In places like South America no one ever says "Soy Americano". They tend to identify themselves as "South Americans", "Argentines" or "Latinos". This is true throughout all the american continent." They would not in the content that the USA has monopolized the name "Americano" but people still consider themselves Americano from the continent of America. Its funny that you just contradicted your own writing by ending with the sentence ... Read More
14th May 2018 1:44pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
How it the name "America" was thought of and formed:
"And in the sixth climate toward the Antarctic, the recently discovered farther part of Africa . . . and a fourth part of the world (which may be called Amerige, as if meaning "Americus' land", or America) are situated"
10th May 2018 11:26pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
The name "America", a proper name, was made for one purpose, to name a continent. Meaning, it did not exist before the naming of the new world, for the name came from Amerigo Vespucci's first name, Amerigo. The name was chosen by Matthias Ringmann and Martin Waldseemuller. They even have a short explanation on how it was concocted/came about.
10th May 2018 11:21pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
How did they form the name for the new world?:
"In the seventh chapter of the Cosmographiæ Introduction, written by Matthias Ringmann, it is explained why the name America was proposed for the then New World, or the Fourth Part of the World:

And in the sixth climate toward the Antarctic, the recently discovered farther part of Africa . . . and a fourth part of the world (which may be called Amerige, as if meaning "Americus' land", or America) are situated
10th May 2018 11:24pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
sorry but the other did not copy. Here is another one:
"'These parts have in fact now been more widely explored, and a fourth part has been discovered by Amerigo Vespucci (as will be heard in what follows). Since both Asia and Africa received their names from women, I do not see why anyone should rightly prevent this [new part] from being called Amerigen - the land of Amerigo, as it were - or America, after its discoverer, Americus, a man of perceptive character.'"
10th May 2018 11:34pm
Julia (US) says...
Proper nouns can have multiple meanings. It is obvious. I just proved it with the proper nouns San Francisco and America. If you disagree, please explain exactly why. Please focus on this one topic. You often deny a statement of fact without explaining how it is not factual. You start writing about different things that don’t relate directly to the specific topic. I assume it is a diversionary tactic because you cannot effectively challenge the statement of fact. It is a self-evident fact, ... Read More
8th May 2018 8:58pm
Julia (US) says...
Also, the fact that you don’t know the entire etymological history of how America came to very often mean the USA, doesn’t disprove that America very often means the USA. Your lack of knowledge on the matter doesn’t disprove that proper nouns can and often do have multiple meanings. Please think logically.
8th May 2018 9:05pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
It is not the lack of knowledge, it is the lack of facts, unless you have the facts about how the USA became America and America became two continents. IF you know it please share it with me. If you say that the fact is due to tradition handed down by generations of people calling the USA America, that would not be a fact but a circumstance. If people started calling the USA America, knowing that America was actually the continent, how do you explain that somehow the name seems to have moved ... Read More
9th May 2018 12:54pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
Not trying to go around the bushes or deviate, it is hard to try to answer to all of your posts at once. Anything that uses the name of the continent, thus America, is honoring the continent. The thing, or person carrying the name in honor of the continent is not a continent. When others start using the same name as the continent's, the thing or person would need to be more specific about who or what is being called "America". One can not just talk about an America in an ... Read More
9th May 2018 1:05pm
Mrs. Anonymous (US) says...
When someone's name is America, one can not stop to relate that name with the continent,or for you and others the connection is probably with the USA. The actual meaning is a continent's name. The name takes the personality of the person who is carrying the name. How many persons named Maria are in the world? They are all different and yet the meaning of Maria doesn't change....(Beloved)"The name Maria is Greek but it is a transliteration of the Hebrew name Miriam. The name ... Read More
9th May 2018 1:18pm
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