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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OFBG (US) says...
Hans Acompañado (Argentina) says...
"I bet I can beat 99% of US citizens in a Geography contest."
No doubt, as you should have surmised from my comment. Those, however, are not the fewer than 1% of US citizens who participate in this forum.
9th February 2018 11:55pm
OFBG (US) says...
Anonymous says...
"That would not be the same because we know that there is only one continent in Africa and so South Africa would only mean the South of Africa."
Yet it is the same, for as you note "...since the name was coined when the new nation was known to be in the continent of America, thus they adapted the name of the one continent thus Of America."
9th February 2018 11:49pm
Anonymous says...
Which is why this is an issue. The example of the South African country is not the same as the country that uses the name of the whole continent to call themselves. This is never heard of anywhere in the world unless you have another example of this same issue from other countries. The USA has taken the name of a continent and the South African name has not.
10th February 2018 11:57am
Anonymous says...
Substitute "Name" for "Country" after South African. Sorry.
10th February 2018 11:58am
Mrs.Anonymous (US) says...
And they will bring all kinds of examples to try to make their point across but they have not succeeded at that yet.
10th February 2018 12:14pm
OFBG (US) says...
Anonymous says...
"The example of the South African country is not the same as the country that uses the name of the whole continent to call themselves...The USA has taken the name of a continent and the South African name has not."
So, taking the name of a whole continent is unacceptable, but taking the name of a portion of a continent is okay?
15th February 2018 11:18pm
Mrs.Anonymous (US) says...
The thing is that they can't agree with the truth since they are way too deep into their own little rhetoric that they are not ready to give up their ways even though we, the one continent named America, are telling them things they already know from having them studied at school or by having a decent understanding on the history of the new continent.
10th February 2018 12:11pm
Anonymous says...
10th February 2018 1:15pm
Mrs.Anonymous (US) says...
What do you do...push the unlike button when you go to different locations? If you are, you are just playing games and not being serious.
13th February 2018 12:21pm
OFBG (US) says...
Hey, Mrs Anonymous, back at ya!
15th February 2018 11:21pm
OFBG (US) says...
Philipp (Germany) says...
US citizens are AS Americans as Canadians, Argentines, Brazilians, etc...
So why would you refer to "Canadians, Argentines, Brazilians, etc." as "true Americans?"
9th February 2018 11:44pm
OFBG (US) says...
Anonymous says...
"Widely used but not rightly used, which is different."
Perhaps - at least in your mind - but irrelevant to my question.
9th February 2018 11:03pm
Anne Jasperson (US) says...
The first parts of America discovered and explored by Europeans were Central and South America. When German geographer Martin Walsdseemüller named the continent in honor of Amerigo Vespucci in 1507, he printed the word "America" over Brazil. The USA doesn't appear in Waldseemüller's map. He drew an amorphous land that doesn't resemble North America, and called it "Terra Incognito" (unknown land"). What matters here is that the discoverers and explorers of ... Read More
9th February 2018 11:26am
Anonymous says...
Etymological Fallacy alert!!!! Proceed with extreme caution. The meaning of a word can evolve over time. A word can have multiple meanings. Different languages can use a word in different ways. You dislike the reality of some of the current usage and meanings of ‘America’ and ‘Americans’. That is fine. You aren’t obligated to like it. Your likes and dislikes are wholly irrelevant. Your feelings, and any historical facts or lies you choose to mention, do not change the reality of the ... Read More
9th February 2018 12:32pm
Anonymous says...
You said it: USAGE of the word, but the word AMERICA has its original meaning as the name of the new world the one continent in the Western Hemisphere. If the English language has changed it to use it to mean something else, remember that the origin is still the naming of a continent, a name given to a continent taken from a man who sailed the new world. People like you are deniers of the obvious and just want to tell others to accept the meaning that the English language has invented as years ... Read More
10th February 2018 12:07pm
OFBG (US) says...
"Indeed, America is a continent, not a country."
FYI, "America" comprises two continents, but that's not the issue here.
The principal issue in this forum is that not everyone accepts the fact that in the vernacular, common parlance, general usage, worldwide reference - the USA is most often referred to as "America."
15th February 2018 11:30pm
Fabian (Argentina) says...
The first time the word "America" appeared on a map, it was printed over Brazil. So, if North and South America are different continents, South America holds the right to be called the true "America". Just coin another term to refer to North America. Martin Waldseemüller's map calls it "Parias". So, the USA should be called USP or "United States of Pariahs".
8th February 2018 10:59am
OFBG (US) says...
Please take your politics out of this forum, there is already way too much of that.
Or should I mention that your country welcomed Nazis after the end of WWII in Europe?
15th February 2018 11:35pm
Michel (Canada) says...
US citizens are always in the wrong direction. The world measures length in "meters", but the USA use inches, feet, yards, miles... The world uses the "gram" for weight, but the USA uses ounces, pounds and other imperial units. The world uses Celsius, but the USA uses Fahrenheit... The USA is stubborn. If we can't teach them international units, how can we expect that they learn Geography, which is the area they're most ignorant in?
8th February 2018 10:54am
Anonymous says...
Because they don't want to be universal. They want to be on their own and that is why they took the name America even if it is a continent's just because they think their country is on its own in the world.
8th February 2018 12:22pm
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