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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Rich Z(Thailand)says...

America is just an abbreviation of the United States of America. Get over it.


The word ‘America’ has multiple meanings in many languages. This isn’t just a question of how the word is used in English. Billions of people all over the world, who speak many different languages, use ‘America’ to refer to the USA and ‘American’ to refer to US citizens. This is simply a fact. The completely delusional actually claim that people don’t use the words this way. The slightly less delusional accept this obvious reality, but then claim that it is somehow incorrect, ungrammatical or illogical to use the words in this way. Some also claim that the words don’t actually have these meanings. They seem to honestly believe that they, or the way that other languages are sometimes spoken, determine what is correct and incorrect in English and other languages. There are no rules in English or any other language that say that ‘America’ cannot mean the USA.

Kurt H(United States)says...

tell me what other country is called America. None

South American countries have names like Chile or Brazil.

People all over the world refer to us as America. They are in no way confused as to what country they are talking about. WE are Americans from America. Get the hell over it!

Susan(United States)says...

We have been known as America and Americans since I can remember. I was born and raised here as were my parents. We are and were proud to be called Americans and no one ever made a big deal or questioned it. All this business of being politically correct is silly and stupid. I am a U.S. citizen but I'm also an American. Get over the jealousy.

salvador(United States)says...

For the pass two years I have been correcting all my family and friends that all persons born in south, central and north America are American. my parents are from Mexico and are American also, The United States of Mexico. So many persons in the U S aren't American's like the First lady she isn't an American.


America F Yeah(United States)says...

NOBODY in the rest of the world refers to Mexico or Brazil as "America." Furthermore, the use of "America" for the United States goes back to at least the 1840s in the English-speaking world. That's when Charles Dickens used the phrase in that exact sense. Get over it, angry Brazilian or Canuck who put up this nonsense.


why do all the immigrants I see say I want to go to America? Do they mean Mexico to?


Gawd, who cares! Get a life

United Statesian(United States)says...

So does that mean that being from the USA, I have to refer to myself as a United Statesian?

Pete(United States)says...

North and South America collectively are referred to as "the Americas". "America" refers to the United States. Which makes sense because the United States of America is the only country in the world the includes "America" in the name of the country.

There is no continent called "America".


America is a continent

The United States is a country in America

Red Whitenblue(United States)says...

I see you all up in this discussion repeating yourself; Be honest, as a Canadian, have you ever referred to yourself as American?


Yes I refer myself as an American. Why wouldn't I. I am from the continent America.


The United States of America is in North America, not in America. And since we are in the United States of America, we can use the term American.

Red Whitenblue(United States)says...


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