USA is not America

The Star Trek reference

The right argument


In Star Trek there is a fictional interplanetary federal republic called The United Federation of Planets and it is referred to as The Federation (do you see the analogy?).
Under the wrong argument it should be called The Planets, which it is plain non-sense. Following this example it is quite easy to deduce that The United States of America should (if needed) be referred as The States but never as America.


Please, note that this page in not about demonyms (gentilics) but about the way to call a country.
Source: Wikipedia
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Anonymous (US) says...
This is the dumbest thing I've ever seen. I can call myself whatever I want and so can you... Europeans that are a part of the UN don't call themselves United Nationians(or whatever); they call themselves either Europeans or whatever that refers to their nation... As a citizen of Oklahoma, I'm either Oklahoman or American. I'm not gonna call myself a United Statesian ... you guys are retarded for even making that ***** up.
3rd December 2017 3:31am
Kevin T. (Canada) says...
Almost without exception I haven't heard anyone from Canada refer to the United States as "America". Without exception we refer to our neighbor as "The States" or "the U.S." or say that we purchased something "State side" - alluding to our long border with the U.S. We do however refer to the residents of the U.S. as "Americans". We refer to the possessive as "American" as well. I'm 45, live 1 hr from the States, travel ... Read More
27th October 2017 10:53am
Anonymous says...
There's no option in country for America
3rd October 2017 10:17pm
pablo (Argentina) says...
The French bikes are not better than the United Statesian ones.
It s an example, that s the way you can use it.
They re United Statesians.
12th May 2017 6:48pm
pablo (Argentina) says...
An example of this, is a text in google search, it can be read there four times in a paragraph, United Statesians. It s a comparison between the French and the United Statesians.
Find it, write -French and United Statesians- in Google, and you can see there, fourth position of the search of google, (four times in a paragraph writen United Statesians).
12th May 2017 6:31pm
pablo (Argentina) says...
Down below in the same page.
12th May 2017 7:49pm
Ghost of Vespucci (US) says...
Actually, they could just as easily be called Planetarians, which makes perfect sense, never mind that there may be other residents of other planets which do not belong to the Federation.
11th April 2017 10:59pm
pablo (Argentina) says...
Dear United Statesians, friends, your nationality is, United Statesians. Say it cause it s your nationality, you have country and nationality.

Un gran saludo a los norteamericanos.
11th February 2017 1:21pm
Morgan (US) says...
What gives you the right to decide such things for others?
22nd February 2017 3:11am
Matt (US) says...
That just sounds soooo stupid.
26th October 2017 12:15pm
Anonymous says...
When people in South America ask me if I was from Estados Unidos, I always had to ask to clarify if they meant "Estados Unidos Mexicanos" or "Estados Unidos de America"

I guess they weren't worried about confusion when using "Estados Unidos," but apparently very concerned about confusion when using "America"
22nd November 2017 4:22am
pablo (Argentina) says...
Citizens, are the foreigners, not the United Statesians, but the foreigners, U.S.citizens in every country of the world, those re the citizens.
You can say at once United Statesians and not U.S.citizens.
11th February 2017 1:11pm
pablo (Argentina) says...
North americains, in english and in danish, german, french, italian, spanish, portuguese, russian, in China, in Japan, everywhere, north americains, instead, in every language around the world, north americains, or, united statians in every language, french etats-uniens, estadounidense, spanish, in portugese, in italian, north americans around the world, you re united statesians and north americains, you can choose united statesians at once
7th February 2017 2:07am
Matt (US) says...
North Americans? So let's just ignore that Canada and Mexico are in the continent of North America. That makes even less sense than using the term American. America isn't a single continent, whereas North America is. So if I say South American, which country in the continent am I referring to? Because it can only be one based on this logic. And yes, I know that some other stupid languages already use this term, but it makes no sense and is even more offensive than our use of the word ... Read More
26th October 2017 12:23pm
Anonymous (Canada) says...
The same way Americans won't stop calling themselves Americans, the rest of the world won't stop calling Americans any way they want in their own language or in English.
27th October 2017 2:19am
pablo (Argentina) says...
Instead of saying US in everything, US army and so on, everything is US, US this, US the other, and US is of the US, that s US, of the US, instead of saying that, you can say as you re saying, United Statesians, whichs is the normal definition, instead of saying that thing which is US, US army, US citiies, you can say united statesians cities, united statesians soldiers, that s the terminology. United Statesian, that s the correct terminology and not US army, US, this, US the other, north ... Read More
7th February 2017 2:06am
Anonymous (US) says...
@Anonymous The British names us
13th October 2016 10:43pm
Maryellen (US) says...
simply put, there are not any other countries (that come to mind, at least) that have the word America within their official name as does the United States of America. There is much less fault to be found in the full name of the USA, but it is the demonym that draws ire in others. Also, if you were to think about it, the “United States” portion of USA is merely a descriptor phrase that ties it all together, much like “Republic of So and So” or the “Federated Islands of Such and ... Read More
13th October 2016 10:36pm
PezAzul (Mexico) says...
The "America" referred to in "United States of America" is the land mass. But hey, don't take my word for it. Check your passport and see what it says under Nationality. It does NOT say "American". It says "USA". I like the Spanish term "estadounidense". It sounds better than just plain "gringo". ;)
19th May 2017 8:14pm
Anonymous says...
Dude, your country is literally called "Estados Unidos Mexicanos."
22nd November 2017 4:24am
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