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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Antonio Garciasays...

This has been a pet peeve of mine for years! I've noticed that many times in Latin American newspapers someone from the US is referred to as "estadounidense" which translates to "Unitedstatesan" - a clumsy word indeed.

Rigosays...

United Statian? That's normal

Davidsays...

If by normal, you mean extremely rare. ‘United Statian’ has existed as a word for roughly a century, but it is extremely, extremely rare. ‘American’ is used to refer to US citizens very commonly. ‘United Statian’ is not used commonly. It is almost never used. Facts are facts.

Kevin(United States)says...

It depends on the formality and context. Ask the OAS (Organization of American States). My two cents.

Anonymoussays...

Your "facts" are manipulated by US media. Who "uses" that? Your screen transmissions * times the millions of devices. Then you have controlled statistics. Dirty.

yerp(UK)says...

Im sorry but you sound retarded

Lucas(Brazil)says...
Mark(Belgium)says...

Long story short... The British called them Americans and the new western nescients thought they were alone =D

Now they are starting to meet the world.

Americonte(Argentina)says...

The United States of America > US America > Usamerican

Alfredo Moreno(United States)says...

What is mainstream media instilling in United Statians if they only disseminate superficial, negative coverage on Central America?

Bethosays...

Heyyyyyyyyy, good news Washingtonians, sorry United Statians... in 48 days Mr. Trump, aka. bunker boy will leave the chair :D

the light in her eyessays...

Funny read from another site...

I understand why it’s problematic for US people to call themselves Americans in a way that diminishes other countries on the American continent. But like...US stands for United States...of America. So “American” is just the most logical shorthand??? It’s less of a “we are the superior America” and more of a “our dumbass, racist founding fathers gave us a bad name”

https://64.media.tumblr.com/b00d7690b278832532a56584227586be/tumblr_pfu09ja5KT1qb4vbh_500.jpg

Michaelsays...

Funny, but still no justification to continue doing it

Conjuntura Internacional(Brazil)says...

"At the time when the concept ‘public diplomacy’ was first coined by Gullion, the term was used to refer to previous propaganda activities conducted by the United Statian government during the Cold War in order to influence public opinion abroad."

- Dossiê Escola Inglesa, An English School Approach to Public Diplomacy (2015) Belo Horizonte v. 12, p. 11-17.

Anonymoussays...

David, are you a honorable person? Or just an infamous US citizen? You decide. You government does not have to come up with rules for you to act with dignity.

This explains the US behavior. There is no justification. Again, you decide who you want to be.

Davidsays...

Stop your idiotic, self-righteous moralizing, you moron. You don’t take personal responsibility for every bad thing that your government or fellow countrymen have ever done. Neither do I. So shut up. This site is about the name ‘America’. You idiots only produce ridiculous BS, so in order to distract from your feeble “arguments”, you try to make this a questions of morals, and you make the childish assumption that I must support every bad thing that has ever occurred at the hands of Americans. You never post relevant facts. You are intellectually inferior. Nice try, loser.

Chavosays...

Le diste en el blanco Anónimo hauahauahaua. Le sacaste los papeles y le dolió.

Davidsays...

It is not wrong in a language sense, or in a naming sense, to call the USA ‘America’. Mrs. Anonymous has been posting for years, yet she has never posted any proof that any rules of language or naming are being violated. Why is this? It’s very simple. No such rules or violations exist. There is no rule in any language that says that ‘America’ cannot be used to refer to the USA. ‘America’ originally referred to only South America. Then it referred to all of the Americas. It has been used in different languages to refer to different things. It is a Mexican professional soccer team. It is a woman’s name. Some towns have it as a name. It can refer to Latin America. It can refer to Spanish America. And, wait for it, it has been used to mean the USA. Again, it is not incorrect to use the word this way. No rules are being violated. Many people don’t like it, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is not incorrect. Please stop lying and/or pretending.

Davidsays...

Your “argument” has always been that you don’t like it, so it’s incorrect. That is not a real argument. Your preferences don’t negate the meanings of words. Your preferences don’t give your fictitious BS rules any authority. Your approval isn’t required. Your fantasies and desires don’t determine which meanings are acceptable. You are a simple-minded ignoramus. You are not the language police. You are not in charge. You aren’t in control of your native language, and you sure as sh1t aren’t in control of English or any other language. Stop embarrassing yourself, payasa.

Mrs. Anonymoussays...

Somehow you come to such absurd conclusions it is pathetic. And please don't put words in my mouth. Never said that to have taken the name of the continent is wrong because I don't like it. It is not about my preference or anyone's preference, it is what is obvious to see what happened throughout years with the name of the continent and then the USA taken it for itself. You hide your loosing argument under the disguise of it being the meaning of the word that it is contested. The only meaning that America has been known for is for the name of the person whom gave the name of the continent and anything after that is only taking it from that point. USA took it from the continent, and its meaning is the continent's name being carried over by a country but it was never first the country's name.

Andrea and Andysays...

When people are losing the argument that America should be used to refer to US, they always try to bring the excuse of language. Repeat after me: LANGUAGE ISN'T A EXCUSE. Also America was not only used to refer to South America region, because the name was put there it doesn't mean it was only for that. And a fact is that using America for US is totally incorrect. You already have the United States.

Mrs. Anonymoussays...

No need to put any rules for languages. You have been trying for too long to disguise your loss in this argument through your version to argue about the meaning of words. America means the continent, anything after that is derived from the original meaning that it was given. The soccer name is America, but even though is naming a soccer team, the name came originally from the continent. Women use the name as well and they also took it from the original continent's name. USA took it from the continent and even though they want it to mean a country, it is still bears the original meaning of the continent even though the USA tried to do away with the original meaning by dividing the continent and thus America could be taken and then replaced by The Americas.

Mrs. Anonymoussays...

So finally David you have come to agree on what I have been saying all along. That America is the continent's name, that USA took the name for itself, and that due to the USA's influence and force, the name has been accepted to mean the country of the U.S. That the meaning and use of the name "America" has been manipulated by the USA so that the whole world accepts it as only the name for the USA. By way of pushing it, through the repetition, the imposing, and various other ways the USA has been successful on spreading this to the world. It is all a strategy. This though, does not make it correct or right. It only shows that the imperialism of the USA has not diminished but has grown even more.

Michaelsays...

And they keep mostly silent unhappy neighbors (some hypocrite), that will not give the current giant a hand when it will really need it.

Andrea or Andysays...

In the end, todo se paga en esta vida y si no, en la otra vida... Agreed, also the US got away from everything through history, they always get away. Isn't Us the country that sign "to stop making nuclear weapons" but continues making them? The answer is yes.



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