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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The United Statians simply don't care. They do it because they like it.


if USA is america and their nationals Americans. And the sum of north and south "America" is "The Americas" then how do you call someone from the latter?

if Europe has Europeans, why america as continent can't have Americans?

also by the "the Americas" logic a USA citizen would be an american from north america in the Americas (USA, North and Americas)

Joda Locasays...

Country: "The United States of America"

Oficial abbreviation: "United States" (US)

Informal abbreviations: "America" y "The States"

The Real and True America(Canada)says...

Lol, they should just stick with their official abbreviation. They don’t need an informal abbreviation (… at least not America).


2 continents: "North America" and "South America"

Official abbreviation: "America"

Informal abbreviations: "The Americas" y "Pan America"


exit = éxito

dinner = dinero

American = americano


American is not a false friend with americano/a. If it was a false friend then why north, south, latin, anglo, central, meso, ibero... american.

Why OAS (Organization of American States)?


Since 1916 the Unites States has participated 4 times in the American Football Cup, as invitee.

Andy or Andreasays...

This video is very bad, either way go to the comment section in "newer first" there is literally a guy that don't get why the US stole the continent name.


"Respect each other languages"? That's *****. It's like someone calling them "Maricas in Spanish" and I not caring, because it is Spanish.

English is made up of ignorance and repetition. That does not make a term correct. Still it is an offense to American countries when United Statians call themselves the Americans.

Setsuko(United States)says...

the video is bad

Andy or Andreasays...

What did it says? The tweets are now deleted.


It was a classic meme with some of girls. One United Statian claiming to be American, a Brit behind her just watching, and on the other side a Brazilian reminding the United Statian what she is.

I don't know what happened. Maybe David complained and it got censored. Remember Twitter is also a United Statian company.

Setsuko(United States)says...

that article is partially wrong. america is 1 continent, not 2.

The Real and True American(Canada)says...

Hi Setsuko!

To me, it doesn’t matter for America to be 1 or 2 continents. It can be seen both ways.

All that matters is … America is never just 1 country by itself! It is forever 35 independent countries that are apart of the Western Hemisphere!

Setsuko(United States)says...

and also contains territorries owned by european countries.


Where is the United States physically located?


Northern America


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