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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Bebeto Robertinho (Brazil) says...

America has the longest river in the world: Amazon (in Brazil). America has the biggest waterfall system in the world: Iguazu (mostly in Argentina). America has the highest mountain in the western and south hemispheres: Aconcagua (Argentina). America has the biggest Carnival celebration in the world: Rio (in Brazil). America has the most beautiful glaciers in the world: Perito Moreno (Argentina). America has beautiful beaches: Caribbean (Colombia, Venezuela) and Brazil. What a beautiful continent America is!

German (Germany) says...

This year I will visit America for the first time in my life. I will start in Buenos Aires (Argentina). From there I will take a ferry to beautiful Uruguay.

Mojo Jojo says...

German, you are lying, or ignorant, or a troll, or a combination of some or all of these things.

First you said that both the Spanish and the Portuguese coined the name. This is false. Then you said it was just the Portuguese because they commanded that the map be made. This is also false.

The Waldseemüller map was produced by the Gymnasium Vosagense, in Saint-Dié. René II, the Duke of Lorraine, funded the Gymnasium. The Gymnasium, Saint-Dié, and Duke René were not in Portugal, were not Portuguese, and were not ruled by Portugal. Portugal had exactly nothing to do with the production of the map. It is not known for certain if it was Ringmann or Waldseemüller who coined the name ‘America’ while making the map in Saint-Dié, but it was certainly one of them. Neither of them was Portuguese.

You have been conclusively proved wrong. Accept it like a man and quit writing about things of which you are completely ignorant.

German (Germany) says...

This is what your source says. Anyway, the name AMERICA was written over the southern part of America, the current territory of Brazil. That is proof enough that America is not the United States alone, but the whole continent from Canada to Argentina.

I see you're very concerned about this topic, since every time I take a look there are new comments written by you.

Am I ignorant? How come we are discussing this topic in YOUR language? Could you speak mine?

German (Germany) says...

How can anyone be South American and not be American?

Suppose you are South European (from Spain or Greece), and then you find an imperialist French who tells you: "No, Europe is France. European means French only. All you are is South European".

Ridiculous!

Jorginho Souza Do Nascimento (Brazil) says...

USONIAN: Of or related to the United States of America; term coined by Frank Lloyd Wright to refer to his new ideal for architecture. This word is preferable to "American" since there are dozens of countries in North and South America. In some Latin American countries, such as Brazil, the use of "American" to refer to US nationals is considered offensive and officially discouraged.

Juan Cruz (Panama) says...

My country's name, PANAMA, is a contraction of PAN AMericA. So, the United States is not the only American country that has America in its name.

Mojo Jojo says...

Do you have links to any legitimate sources that support this claim?

German (Germany) says...

The "Organization of AMERICAN States", based in Washington DC, brings together all 35 countries from America. This is another proof that America is the name of the continent.

Mojo Jojo says...

This is simply proof that some people consider the Americas to be one continent.

Mojo Jojo says...

And proof that they are in the Americas. We all know that the United States is very often called America, so the name of the OAS certainly doesn’t prove otherwise. Try again.

German (Germany) says...

This is the simple proof that Usonians apply the demonym American to refer to any of the 35 countries in the continent called America.

German (Germany) says...

In Germany we are taught the six continent model, and Amerika is a unique continent from Canada to Argentina. The same happens in France, where the continent is called l'Amerique (the America, and not the Americas). The same happens in Italy, and of course in Spain and Portugal (who coined the name America). Try to find a name for your country, but sorry... America is the name of the continent.

Mojo Jojo says...

The topic of this website is the usage of the words ‘America’ and ‘American’ in ENGLISH. Obviously, the usage of these words in FRENCH and GERMAN is completely irrelevant to this topic because FRENCH and GERMAN are not ENGLISH.

The Spanish and Portuguese did not coin the word ‘America’.

I am still waiting for you to contribute something that is both factual and relevant to the topic of this site.

German (Germany) says...

The name America was coined by the Portuguese, because they commanded German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller to draw a map of the New World, which was discovered by Spain's navigators. The Portuguese did not want Columbus to be credited, because Portuguese and Spaniards were rivals. So, Waldseemüller named the continent "America", in honor of Americo Vespucio, an Italian explorer. The name "America" was writen over Brazil. It was long before the northen part of America was explored. Sorry, baby... choose another name for your country, because America is already in use.

German (Germany) says...

Canada is in North America. According to US citizens, how can Canadians be North Americans while not being Americans?

JackOLantern (United States) says...

The fact that billions of people in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa incorrectly refer to the U.S. as "America," is a simple testament to the degree of ignorance that prevails on Earth. The true America, which includes but is not limited to the USA, is a hell of a lot bigger, richer, and diverse than the USA alone can ever be.

German (Germany) says...

Not billions, just a few hundred of millions. The only ones who got it wrong are the British, Australians and Usonians.

 
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