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 (Argentina) says...
The name of our nation of course is “United States of America,” not “America,” the latter term applicable to the whole western hemisphere. From afar, the appropriation of “America” to mean “United States of America,” can seem at one extreme provincial, at the other extreme imperialistic. Spanish speakers have the concept of “hacerse la América,” meaning to get rich in the Western Hemisphere (ordinarily in a Spanish-speaking place) without necessarily living there ... Read More
12th May 2018 11:41am
Jayden (US) says...
the term "america" cannot be applied to the entire western hemisphere. america is only part of the western hemisphere. the western hemisphere also consists of siberia,potions of europe,portions of africa,and portions of oceania.
20th May 2018 4:43pm
Anonymous (Argentina) says...
I love it when people try to tell Americans what they're country is called. En Argentina nunca me he llamado como "Americano". He dicho "Latino-Americano" "Sur-Americano" y "Argentino". Pero nadie se identifica como un americano de los dos continentes enteros. Estado unidense tiene sentido en español pero en inglés No es una palabra. We can't force people to use a word that doesn't exist in their native language. But using "estado ... Read More
12th May 2018 11:40am
Anonymouse (US) says...
Analogy belies an incomplete understanding of the English language.
24th April 2018 8:34pm
Anonymous (US) says...
This is ridiculous. The United Federation of Planets is a collective of planets. The United States of America is a collective of states, not a collective of Americas. Just because it says "United _______ of _______" in both names does not mean they have the same meaning. "Federation" is singular and "planets" is plural; it is the reverse for "States" and "America". Stick to Spanish, and talk to your high school English teacher about how bad of a ... Read More
11th April 2018 7:01pm
Anonymous (Argentina) says...
It doesn't matter if United statessians sounds stupid it does but saying USA is america is even stupider because America is the continent not the country make up a name that doesn't sounds stupid or use the whrigt term because saying you are from America is really wrong
18th December 2017 2:07am
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
Anonymous (US) says...
there is an option for US.
22nd April 2018 9:15pm
Jayden (US) says...
because america is not a country
29th April 2018 4:02pm
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
Anonymous American (US) says...
No English speaker I know of would ever use the term "United Statesian." It just doesn't make sense. The ending sound in "states" isn't fitting with the suffix "-ian." I might hear something like this, though: "The French bikes are not better than the American ones." "The French bikes are not better than the ones from America." "The French bikes are not better than the ones from the United States." "The bikes from France ... Read More
26th April 2018 11:13pm
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
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