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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Fabián(Argentina)says...

1- "America" ​​the nickname of a nation

In 1776, the first nation-state of America (the Americas) to emerge from European colonies is named "The United States of America", a name that is not easy to use for its people -too long-, the name comes from the name used during the war and revolution of independence "The United Colonies", then "colonies" are changed to "states" and the name of the continent is added to give it strength against the mighty Great Britain.

More than a century later the "problem" of the name was still there, although there was an official abbreviation, "United States", its people began to abbreviate it in another way, using the last word, "America". But there is still no country called America, only one called The United States of America.

Mrs. Anonymoussays...

Only people who are closed minded would think that the United States invented the name of America for itself thereby having a different meaning from the one given. They think it didn't meant the continent in which the nation was born in. But even when some say it was to mean the continent in which it was located in, that later it somehow changed its meaning. Did it change by itself or was it on purpose?

Fabián(Argentina)says...

I think that at the beginning, until the middle of the 20th century, they knew well that the word America was there in the name of the continent, that can be seen in old maps in English from before the 50s, where in their titles it says "American continent" or "America", not "The Americas" or "South America continent" or "North America continent". But the following generations grew up with those denominations, they are not to blame.

Mrs. Anonymoussays...

Yes they knew about one continent America so what happened?

Proceedings of INTED2020 Conf(Spain)says...

...Jewish-Arab conflict/discrepancy between teachers’ knowledge or declarative level of pluralism, and their attitudes or actual behaviors; or the United Statian challenges of growing re-segregation, inequality in school funding, and childhood poverty rates...

- 14th International Technology, Education and Development Conference

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Institute of Mind n Behaviour(United States)says...

...a catalyst reaction, in the sense that members of several hundred ethnic groups in the United States produced something more than the neologism of a United Statian? Has God himself... - Journal of Mind and Behaviour, Spring 1984, Vol. 5, Num 2

Davidsays...

Wow. So what?

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Mrs. Anonymoussays...

David why are you so focused on Parias again? If you want to make a point that it was called like that in maps why is it that the United States didn't call itself "United States of Parias"?

Fabián(Argentina)says...

I am surprised that no one thinks "how ridiculous, to declare South America and North America as continents so that the demonym American IN ITS LANGUAGE is a nationality, leave them! Anyway it is in their language, very ridiculous! haha!" but no, I hope it is not our inferiority complex. For me they are just one more country in the world.

Pelotudosays...

That's ***** Fabian. So it is OK for you to insult United Statians in Spanish, only because it is your language?

Mrs. Anonymoussays...

David you agreed that America is the one continent why do you call it the Americas?

Michaelsays...

Dishonesty?

Juansays...

David x 3 x 3 x 2

Davidsays...

Please provide links to the facts that prove that Schöner is wrong about how the Americas were then perceived. Also, I would really like to see the 1507 Waldseemüller map where North America is not labeled as ‘Parias’. Please provide a link. Thanks for your stellar research and analysis.

Mrs. Anonymoussays...

You continue calling America, "The Americas" and yet you have confessed that you do accept that the name was given to a continent and that is still the name of a continent.

Mrs. Anonymoussays...
Davidsays...

Why do you deny Parias?

Mrs. Anonymoussays...

I don't deny that that was supposed to be written there however, I don't agree that it was a name to name a continent or so as it was with America. There were many places along the new lands which had some kind of names which the natives or the cartographers wrote on maps. Usually they would write "Terra Incognita" also where they didn't have much info about that place in the same new world. Parias was just a local name they wrote in a supposed island that later was to have been part of the landmass of America.

Davidsays...

"The island of Parias, which is not a part or portion of the foregoing [America] but a large, special part of the fourth part of the world"

Schöner is wrong? You know more about it than he did? Please. Give us a break.

Mrs. Anonymoussays...

Oh, so if you support Schoners' interpretation why is it that you also agree that America is the whole continent? That Parias is not the name of the North side of this continent? What Happened? Do you think that maybe Schoner might had been wrong at some point? I am not saying he was, but that his idea did not really go with what happened later with the name encompassing the entire landmass and was accepted as the one continent of America?

Mrs. Anonymoussays...

Doesn't it occur to you that perhaps that the person who mapped that area of North of America found that that was the name the natives called that area and decided to write it on his writtings/maps and later this map was picked up by Gymnasium's owners and put it together with other maps such as those from Vespucci and Columbus and others which later were used to come up with the 1507 map? The name of the landmass the fourth part of the world thus the continent was given as America, other parts of these new lands had names as well. There were many navigators and cartographers around the time of discovery and after too, so things were being studied by the men in the gymnasium at St. Die to be able to make up the map that they made.



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