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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Andrew says...
Whilst were on the subject of Pedantism. The USA is still America by virtue of being part of the American continent. It certainly isn't the WHOLE of America by any stretch but to say that it isn't America is clearly wrong isn't it?
22nd April 2017 5:06am
atesin (Chile) says...
WELL... after all actually i think it will be a nightmare to reach a consensus, because for historical reasons united states citizens and the rest of the countries had spend centuries calling his countries and continents the way they used to call... the key is to comprehend what the other means to avoid conflicts for usa citizens: - united states of america = america - united states citizen = american - continent = americas - sub continents = (south, central, north, latin) america - continent ... Read More
21st April 2017 12:15pm
atesin (Chile) says...
i must to add for united states citizens...

please notice some people from countries other than usa (like me) feel offended when you call yourselves as "americans" (from usa) because we consider as "americans" too (from the continent)... often we feel you "steal" us the demonym
21st April 2017 12:23pm
Anonymous says...
You are from South America! Not America!
Yesterday 8:33am
Anonymous says...
North and South America are continents. America is a country. The United States of America means the States make up the country of America.
Yesterday 8:38am
Brian (US) says...
I am spending a couple of nights in Ocean Beach, San Diego. It is so nice. Great weather, beaches, food, beer, and much more. It is so close to Mexico, yet so far away. Even though I love Mexico, have lived there for years, and have traveled extensively there, I am so glad that San Diego belongs to America. I am so happy that California belongs to America (Alta California, that is, you insufferable pedants). If San Diego and California still belonged to Mexico, they would still have the amazing ... Read More
20th April 2017 11:43pm
Anonymous (US) says...
pedants? Learn to spell before commenting on subjects that are beyond your educational level.
21st April 2017 2:57pm
Brian (US) says...
Actually, I know how to spell and what I wrote is firmly grounded in history. Use a dictionary and learn something before you post, payaso.
22nd April 2017 11:51am
Brian (US) says...
You, obviously, are not one of the pedants I was referring to. At least pedants have some knowledge on the topic. You... not so much. How would you describe yourself? Simpleton? Dolt? Please use a dictionary to look up these words.
22nd April 2017 12:20pm
Morgan (US) says...
Anonymous (US) said:

"... beyond your educational level."

Wow. An ad hominem attack. Now who could this possibly come from?

Actually Brian comes across as quite an educated person on this forum. Much moreso than many other posters.
22nd April 2017 4:33pm
Brian (US) says...
@ Morgan (US): Thanks for the compliment. In a moment of weakness, I resorted to an ad hominem attack on Anonymous (US). Maybe they are not a dolt or simpleton. Maybe they are extremely intelligent and knowledgeable. All I really know is that they don't know that 'pedant' is a word and they didn't bother to look it up in a dictionary before posting. One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone doesn't have a clue what they are talking about, yet they tell people who are ... Read More
Yesterday 12:13pm
OFBG (US) says...
I'm so happy that you are so happy that California belongs to America. There are a whole lot of us Americans who would be happier if that particular state - perhaps along with Oregon and Washington, and maybe New York and Massachusetts as well - would grow some cojones and secede rather than trying to impose their left-wing, politically-correct, socialistic worldview on the USA as a whole.
21st April 2017 10:15pm
Morgan (US) says...
OFBG (US) said:

"...would grow some cojones and secede..."

Come now, OFBG. The question of secession has been settled, once and for all. You do remember " nation..., indivisible..." don't you?
22nd April 2017 4:38pm
OFBG (US) says...
Sorry, Morgan, I thought that my sarcasm would be obvious.
On the other hand, I have read and heard some comments from Californians who do like the idea of secession. After all, the state ranks in the Top Ten of world economies.
And on yet another hand, judging from the opinions of many left-leaning, or at least Democratic Americans, we are no longer "one nation," so "indivisible" may not be on their play list, either.
22nd April 2017 6:54pm
AnonymousOFBG (US) says...
Morgan, by coincidence this morning (the day after my last comment) I read an article from the LA Times discussing secession efforts in California. Some folks in a few counties just want to secede from California and establish the "State of Jefferson," but others see that only as a good way to gin up interest in the state leaving the US.
Yesterday 3:58pm
Anonymous (Mexico) says...
Why isnt there the option of America as a country on any droplists?
20th April 2017 4:30pm
OFBG (US) says...
I would imagine that in a truly egalitarian world there "isnt...the option of America as a country on any droplists" because the formal name of the country typically referred to as "America" is the United States of America or USA. In reality, however, if the opinions held by so many who have posted on this site have influenced the droplists you mention, it may be that the lists-makers wish to place "America" not at the top, but further down the list, even when the ... Read More
20th April 2017 8:45pm
Morgan (US) says...
Arti (Germany) wrote:

"Like Morgan wrote it is traditional to use American in the US as a national term, it became convenient over the time. Hopefully the term's use will change with enough debate and time."

But why should it change, Arti? Why should one tradition prevail over another? Can't we accept all traditions for what they are: traditions? And recognize that we should move on to the more important challenges that face us all?
20th April 2017 2:48pm
Mrs. Anonymous says...
Traditions are just that traditions and some died down if not kept alive. So if calling the U.S."America" is just a tradition, perhaps Arti is right, one day it might died down and a different tradition may pick up after it.
20th April 2017 3:34pm
Arti (Germany) says...
@Morgan Because all traditions change, culture changes all the time, nothing lasts forever. Some people are in discomfort because of the term, if not this site wouldn't even exist, here we debate reasonably (some more others less) for the sake of a solution, leaving the term's use unchaged won't solve the discomfort. There has been a lot of discussion here, more or less of the term, if you cannot accept change, maybe you should cease further contributing here, although your input is ... Read More
20th April 2017 4:12pm
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