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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Alex(United States)says...
Ledo(Puerto Rico)says...

That's right. As a matter of fact, it is the only country that does not have a proper name. The United States of America represents a geopolitical location, rather than a name, because in America there are other countries constituted in states such as Mexico and Brazil.

Chris C(United States)says...

If you're from a country that speaks one of the Romance Languages (and a few others), you're taught that the Western Hemisphere is one continent called "America." The rest of the world is taught that the Western Hemisphere is two continents: "North America" and "South America", or together, "The Americas". If you're speaking in English, "America" refers to the United States of America.

Destroyer(Canada)says...

America is a continent.

Chris C(United States)says...

Not in the English language. You would get that answer wrong on a geography test.

Destroyer(Canada)says...

America is a continent.

Lady Libertysays...

Do you refer to yourself as an American or a Canadian? In fact does any other citizen of any country that occupies the land masses of North & South America call themselves Americans?

Destroyer(Canada)says...

Yes We do call ourselves Americans as well as the country we are from in the continent America.

Durendalsays...

I have never heard a Canadian refer himself as an American and we have a lot of Canadians here in Florida.

Bert Loomis(United States)says...

This is *****. There are about 23 or 24 countries in North and South America, not counting island nations, and only one has America in the name. That is us, the United States of America. Further, America is not a continent. North America is and so is South America. But, there is no continent named America.

People who are not citizens of the USA should not refer to themselves as Americans, as that is the designation for those of us who are citizens of the United States of American.

Interesting side note: The official name of Mexico is not Mexico. It is Estados Unidos Mexicanos. Mexican United States.

Destroyer(Canada)says...

America is a continent.

Chris C(United States)says...

The word "America", when speaking English, does NOT refer to a continent. If you took a geography test, your answer would be incorrect.

Destroyer(Canada)says...

America is a continent.

Eric(United States)says...

You continue to refer to geography tests that are created in the United States of America. I'll concede on the name "American(s)" referring to residents of the United States of America, because the name in which a people choose to refer to themselves is usually decided by the people themselves. Unfortunately, America, unless specifically qualified in reference as a country, refers to the collective continents of North and South America.

For example:

Person 1: "I'm visiting America next week."

Person 2: "What part?"

Person 3: "The United States!" (or enter any other country in the Americas)

Ronsays...

Sorry "Gaylord" Loomis... You got it all wrong calling yourself an American only show your ignorance in geo....

USA is essentially a dream with a schizofrenic personality.....We got South America.. . Central America & North America (your location)

James P(United States)says...

Far as I know the US is the only country on either of the American continents that has "America" in it's actual/official name. So it just makes sense to shorten it to "America" and "americans" when talking about the US or anyone from there.

You want to refer to Mexicans, Canadians, Brazilians, Chileans, Peruvians, Salvadorians, or anyone else as "americans" then go right ahead, just be ready to get a lot of funny looks. Especially when talking to people.

James P(United States)says...

.....From the US

Captain America(United States)says...

this is hilarious! BTW, "America" is not available in the country drop down!

Destroyer(Canada)says...

That is because America is not a country.

Bert Loomis(United States)says...

Yes, America does not appear in the drop down menu. That's because the name of our country is United States of America. So our name appears as this, United States, or USA. America is a slang name for our country.

Captain America(United States)says...

its my country

Ceesays...

I've never heard of a European or Asian refer to us as Mexicans, Chileans, Brazilians, Statians, whatever. I've always heard them refer to us all as "Americans." I had had Europeans say I'm American and then ask "from the U.S. or from the states?" In other languages it's easy to designate but in English it's not that's why we all say "Americans" but I guess a more correct designation would be "Statesman." However I've heard people from Central and South America always call us "Americans."

Oscar(Chile)says...

Actually we call people from the states (and all white-looking English speaking people) gringos.

Murican Man(United States)says...

#MURICA

Dan(United States)says...

I'm a U.S. citizen and that is how I refer to myself. Mexicans are not U.S. citizens and neither are Canadians. A German or Belgian wouldn't tell you they're European, why then would you not tell a German or Belgian that you're a citizen of the U.S.? It's really a matter of proper grammar more than anything else. It's just lazy to say "I'm American".

Bert Loomis(United States)says...

No it's not lazy at all. Your comments are a bit ridiculous.

Oscar(Chile)says...

I agree Dan.

Mike(United States)says...

Most of the people in the world consider North America and South America to be 2 different continents. This includes all English speaking countries. If you are speaking English then there is no continent of America. America is the country of the United States of America. Saying the States could refer to Mexico.

Destroyer(Canada)says...

America is a continent

The United States of America is part of the continent America.

America is made up of North America,Central America,South America

Bert Loomis(United States)says...

There are 7 continents in the world. Central America is not one of them. This is a region.

Willsays...

And "America" is not a continent. North America and South America are 2 separate continents.

Paco(Canada)says...

I accept Destroyer's definition only if he accepts that there is just one ocean.

Durendalsays...

Wow! do they not teach geography in Canada?



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