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?

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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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peony99(Canada)says...

It seems there has always been the misconception in the US that "America" is a country. It is not. It is a continent; in fact there are 2 of them, North and South, and EVERYBODY in both Americas is an American. Ever hear of the Pan American Games? Everyone from both continents comes, not only the US. Another issue that has always baffled others is that the US does not actually have a name. It has a geopolitical description only.It describes a land, divided into states that are united - and it's name is ..... oops, forgot the name. That is all they have, so if we use what is out there we should call them United Stations. I know, it's awkward, but if they don't like it they can GET A NAME for their country.Still known as the country without a name.

Davidsays...

If we don’t like being called United Statians, which we don’t, we will simply continue calling ourselves ‘Americans’, and our country ‘America’. Many other people around the world will continue doing this too. Language doesn’t follow your fake rules, no matter how much you cry.

Roda(United States)says...

The meaning of the word "America" changes when people make the changes and this is what happened with the U.S. People in the U.S. started using the name "America" to call their country even though the name belonged to the continent in which the U.S. is located. The word was changed by the actions of the U.S. and this action is in question today more than ever since the technology helps other people in America see how the U.S. has managed to use the name of the continent and spread it across the world as if it was always theirs to take. Trying to excuse the actions taken by the U.S., by saying that meanings of words change is absurd! Yes, meanings of words do change, but in this case, the meaning of the name America did not change, the continent is still named America.

Davidsays...

And, of course, at the end of the day, no matter what you write, no matter what you think, no matter what you want, no matter what you need, ‘America’ and ‘American’ will be used, by people all over the world, to refer to the United States and its citizens. You know this. You cannot do anything about it. Nothing. Nada. We have already won.

Destroyer(Canada)says...

You won nothing - more and more people are stopping Calling The Unites States "America"

Because they know that America is a continent and NOT a country as you think it is.

Davidsays...

People call the country ‘America’ because they know that one of its meanings is the United States of America. You lost this battle even before you starting posting your nonsense.

Davidsays...

How do you like them apples?

Destroyer(Canada)says...

As long as they are granny smith apples

Destroyer(Canada)says...

You forgot about Central America. America is North America,Central America and South America.

Why do people forgot about Central America, Poor Central America.

Davidsays...

They didn’t forget about Central America. In the two continent model of the Americas, Central America is part of North America, so when North America is mentioned, it includes Central America. Please learn some basic facts before posting. Your errors are tiresome.

Destroyer(Canada)says...

Your errors are tiresome as well. CHECK YOUR FACTS

German(Argentina)says...

Western Europe is a part of Europe just as North America is a part of America. Only an idiot could say that Europe is a part of Western Europe. And you sound idiot when you say that America is a part of North America. Period.

German(Argentina)says...

If there is such thing as the "United States" of America, there have to be "not united states" of America; and they must necessarily be the complementary states: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico... The united states of America plus the non united states of America make up America.

Roda(United States)says...

Look, if the U.S. did not use the name of a continent in its name, how did they come up with the word "America" and where did the U.S. get it from? In other words, if people here say that America is not the name of a continent, and that U.S. invented their own meaning of the word, where then did the U.S. get the word from? And you all know the answer. Yes, the U.S. took the name of the continent to name itself, and that is unheard of so the next move was probably to divided the continent into two, so that the name of the continent changes and thus they could keep the original name of the continent. It just a theory but it is pretty interesting don't you think?

German(Argentina)says...

Are you saying that South Americans are not Americans, and North Americans are not Americans unless they are from the United States? Were your parents cousins, or what?

juan ramirez(United States)says...

By international law, United States of America,USA is America,,United States of Colombia USC,Colombia

United States of Brazil USB,,Brazil....United States of Mexico is USM, Mexico...it happens the continent

itself is America..go find out that this countries agreed to be called by the last word of their long

name,, so America is correct for USA.

Roda(United States)says...

Prove it! Prove that internationally the lawful name of the United States is America!

Davidsays...

It’s funny that you, of all people, are asking for proof. You are such a hypocrite. You won’t admit the obvious that the 1507 Waldseemüller map clearly shows that only South America is labeled as ‘America’. Therefore, your definition of ‘America’ — that it is all of the Americas — is not the original meaning of the word. It is just one of many different meanings, in different languages, of the word. Where is your proof that when Schöner said that Parias IS NOT part of America, that he meant that it IS part of America? Answer me that, you bu11sh1t artist.

Roda(United States)says...

Chico, David, a ti te hace falta un pedazo de historia. El nombre de America fue dado a el nuevo mundo, el nuevo continente que estaba creciendo a como se hiban encontrando mas tierras. Porque el continente se expandia cada vez mas que se encontraban nuevas tierras, no quiere decir de que el nombre cambiaba de significado, al contrario se entiende de que su significado probablemente ya estaba definido en las mentes de los Europeos con la idea de que America era, hiba a ser, y seria, el cuarto continente, o cuarto mundo. El significado no cambio, solo se extendio a las nuevas tierras ayacentes. Tu teoria de que las palabras/nombres cambian de significado no sirve como ejemplo del porque los Estados Unidos se apropio del nombre del continente.

Ernestsays...

Soo... It is like I have always said: The United State is a Country without a name...

Davidsays...

So you have always been wrong then. Anyone with the slightest bit of intelligence and honesty knows that the USA has a name. Actually, it has several. It has both official names and common or colloquial names. Please think before you comment. Thanks.

Mrs. Anonymous(United States)says...

Hello chiquititos! I am back after such long time. I am very happy that this website works again.

America is NOT the USA. The name first appeared on the map of Waldseemuller in 1507. The only true meaning of America comes from the map. America is South America and Parias is North America. I grew up in what is incorrectly called Central America. The real name is Southern Parias. When I was a poor child in a terrible school they taught me that both Parias and America together are called América. This is wrong! The map shows the truth! If you call América to all of the Americas you are WRONG!

JW(United States)says...

Then who are the Ugly Americans all the Europeans refer to??? That must mean all the Americas according to your statement and most everybody else's. Look the UK is composed with different countries, but when anyone says the UK on the News most all associate that with Great Britain, that are also Europeans. When most people of the world use the term Americans they are referring to the USA. It may be technically wrong, buts that's how it is. What do you call people who live in Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Etc. So who are we? Unitedtarains....Statesmen??? No we are Americans!

Davidsays...

You are right that the Waldseemüller map clearly shows that ‘America’ only applied to South America and that ‘Parias’ applied to North America. However, words can and do develop different meanings over time. This clearly happened with ‘America’. So it is not incorrect to refer to all of the Americas as ‘America’. It is not incorrect to refer to the USA as ‘America’. We don’t have to only use the original meaning of a word.

Roda(United States)says...

David words don't develop new meanings, humans change the meaning of words, or adapt them to other things. America is originally the name of a continent. In this continent, America, many nations were founded. One nation, the United States, having a peculiar history of how it was founded and for what, added the name of the continent in which it was located in. Some would argue that it was probably to show the English Crown how different they wanted to be from them once the U.S. gained its independence so they made sure the name would remind Europeans that the U.S. was no longer under the influence of Europe. They then embrace the continent in which they were in, America. It takes humans to change a word, and the people of the U.S. began using it to call themselves other than English or European, so they began calling themselves "Americans".

Pete(United States)says...

What other country has "America" as part of the name of their country?

Roda(United States)says...

The continent in which all other American countries are located in. Maybe the U.S. is the only one copying the name of the continent and that is the reason why they call themselves America. The rest of the countries in America, did not take or copy the name of the continent that they are in.

Davidsays...

He said country, not continent. Your reading comprehension is terrible.

Roda(United States)says...

David, my intention was not to answer it as you would, but to answer it as I wanted to. I answered it to show that it doesn't matter how many countries have the name "America" in their names, that would not change that the continent, in which those countries are located in, is the bearer of that name! If only the U.S. is using the name America as a country, and others are not, maybe it should tell us a very important fact...that it is incorrect! The other countries have respected the name of the continent by not using America as their name and have kept it the way it was intended to be originally as the name of the continent.

Kevin M. Moore(United States)says...

So, are you talking about the USA or the USM? Because when you say "The United States" you could be talking about The United States of America or The United States of Mexico (Mexico's actual name). So grow-up! Their Mexico and we're America. Get over it!

Ernest(United States)says...

You are quite wrong. America is a Continent not a Country.

JW(United States)says...

Wrong....NORTH America is a Continent! Canadians, Mexicans, and Americans are all North Americans, but as in our name, USA, we are Americans! We Americans don't give a Sh*t what you or the Europeans think, so FO with all this PC *****!

Roda(United States)says...

Where would you categorize Panamenians? Costa Ricans? Hondurans?

German(Argentina)says...

Are you saying that South Americans are not American? Were your parents cousins?

Davidsays...

America has multiple meanings in many languages. We all know that many people call the USA ‘America’, so this is obviously one of its meanings.

Roda(United States)says...

WRONG! Mexico's name is The United Mexican States.



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