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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Roda(United States)says...

America, was the name to be given to the fourth part of the world, a new world, a new continent which was at that time growing as discovering of lands came out to be. People from the old world knew that there was more land than what originally thought of. So, as they discovered more lands in the same landmass, the name America was streched out to also name those lands as they were part of the big landmass of the new world. Thus, they had a new continent and the name is America. Maps were drawn and different ones had different things and names but in the end, the entire landmass became a new continent, and that continent is America. The continent, as other continents, had subdivisions and so in maps you will see South America, North America and Central America, but these are not different continents. These are part of the one continent, America. The USA was founded in the continent of America as it was known to the old world.

Davidsays...

Using ‘America’ to refer to the Americas is not the original meaning of the word. Using ‘America’ to refer to the USA is not the original meaning of the word. How is one right and the other wrong? How is one an abuse of the word while the other is not?

Roda(United States)says...

Well, an example, let's say America represents a cup and the USA represents one of the ice inside the cup. So the ice is in the cup, but not the cup. USA is in America, but not America. The rest of the ice are the other countries in the cup, thus America.

Davidsays...

The original meaning of ‘America’ is South America. This is an obvious fact. Look at your beloved 1507 Waldseemüller map. If it is wrong for Americans to use a different meaning, then it is also wrong for everyone else to use a different meaning. If Americans are abusing the word by using it as a common name for their country, then anyone who uses the word to refer to all of the Americas is also abusing the word. Your glaring double standards are one of your many forms of BS.

Roda(United States)says...

Your reasoning seems to be from a 3 year old. There is history in between and so you should read the history before you write this immature conclusions.

Davidsays...

Why do you call the Americas ‘America’ when you “should” call it Parias and America?

Davidsays...

If you have the balls or ovaries to answer this question honestly, it will completely destroy your false narrative that frames everything that you post on this site. That is why you will not answer this question honestly. You don’t want facts, you want to pretend. You NEED to pretend.

Roda(United States)says...

this has already been answered. You seem to get stuck in nonsense. Why is the USA using the word "America" rather than Parias? you answer that...!

Davidsays...

Roda, you got nothing!

Roda(United States)says...

so according to you, the USA stole the name "America" from the south of the continent???

Davidsays...

If the Americans “stole” the name, then so did anyone living in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean who refers to their continent as America, North America, or Central America.

Davidsays...

Their continent or region, that is.

Roda(United States)says...

Are you here to discuss why the USA is using the name America, which is rightly the continent's name, or are you here to deviate from the issue at hand so that you can claim you won some unrelated points about names used before on land that was yet to be discovered/mapped? Let me make it clear..."THIS IS NOT A RACE" noone is trying to win anything! This should only be a discussion on the issue of the name "America" and it should be a collegial discussion.

Roda(United States)says...

that was meant for you since you are the one trying to fight the stupid argument that Parias should be the USA and the rest is just America. Listen to your own arguments, you are not making any sense!!!

Davidsays...

Again, your reading comprehension is *****. I am not arguing what you claim.

Roda(United States)says...

David wrote: "Why do you call the Americas ‘America’ when you “should” call it Parias and America?"... Don't deny it unless someone else is writing for you under your name. You keep touching the same stupid argument about Parias. Don't deny it!

Davidsays...

Deny what?

Davidsays...

Still nothing? I am shocked.

German(Argentina)says...

So, South America is America and North America is Parias. Hence, we have "United States of Parias". What do you prefer to be called? Pariasinian? Parian? Please, remember that Parisian is already in use.

Davidsays...

Of course we will stick with the names we already have. Why would it be otherwise?

Davidsays...

And you can keep using the name ‘America’ for all of the Americas, even though that isn’t the original meaning. New meanings of the word have arisen over time. This is a normal part of language.

Roda(United States)says...

David wrote: "Mercator was the first, as far as we currently know, to record the concepts of North and South America. He did this in 1538. The Americans didn’t invent this idea. Spanish, Portuguese, and many other languages have terms or words for North and South America. Some see them as continents. Some see them as subcontinents. But the idea of dividing the Americas into smaller units did not originate after World War II as an American conspiracy to “steal” the words ‘America’ and ‘American’." We know that America the continent is subdivided into three regions; North, Central and South, as it is still called today.

Roda(United States)says...

only when people change their meanings words change but only then. Thus, perhaps the USA wanted to change the meaning of America it was when the continent was divided into two so that the name America could be freed to use. However, as you know, the word America did not change for millions of other people and has kept its original meaning which is the name of the continent.

Davidsays...

As you know, its original meaning is South America. Look at your beloved 1507 Waldseemüller map.

Davidsays...

Still waiting.

Davidsays...

You had nothing. You have nothing. You will forever continue to have nothing.

Davidsays...

Well, you do have your downvotes. I will give you that. But you don’t have much of anything else.



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