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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Mrs. Anonymous(United States)says...

Hello chiquititos! I am back after such long time. I am very happy that this website works again.

America is NOT the USA. The name first appeared on the map of Waldseemuller in 1507. The only true meaning of America comes from the map. America is South America and Parias is North America. I grew up in what is incorrectly called Central America. The real name is Southern Parias. When I was a poor child in a terrible school they taught me that both Parias and America together are called América. This is wrong! The map shows the truth! If you call América to all of the Americas you are WRONG!

JW(United States)says...

Then who are the Ugly Americans all the Europeans refer to??? That must mean all the Americas according to your statement and most everybody else's. Look the UK is composed with different countries, but when anyone says the UK on the News most all associate that with Great Britain, that are also Europeans. When most people of the world use the term Americans they are referring to the USA. It may be technically wrong, buts that's how it is. What do you call people who live in Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Etc. So who are we? Unitedtarains....Statesmen??? No we are Americans!

Davidsays...

You are right that the Waldseemüller map clearly shows that ‘America’ only applied to South America and that ‘Parias’ applied to North America. However, words can and do develop different meanings over time. This clearly happened with ‘America’. So it is not incorrect to refer to all of the Americas as ‘America’. It is not incorrect to refer to the USA as ‘America’. We don’t have to only use the original meaning of a word.

Roda(United States)says...

David words don't develop new meanings, humans change the meaning of words, or adapt them to other things. America is originally the name of a continent. In this continent, America, many nations were founded. One nation, the United States, having a peculiar history of how it was founded and for what, added the name of the continent in which it was located in. Some would argue that it was probably to show the English Crown how different they wanted to be from them once the U.S. gained its independence so they made sure the name would remind Europeans that the U.S. was no longer under the influence of Europe. They then embrace the continent in which they were in, America. It takes humans to change a word, and the people of the U.S. began using it to call themselves other than English or European, so they began calling themselves "Americans".

Pete(United States)says...

What other country has "America" as part of the name of their country?

Roda(United States)says...

The continent in which all other American countries are located in. Maybe the U.S. is the only one copying the name of the continent and that is the reason why they call themselves America. The rest of the countries in America, did not take or copy the name of the continent that they are in.

Davidsays...

He said country, not continent. Your reading comprehension is terrible.

Roda(United States)says...

David, my intention was not to answer it as you would, but to answer it as I wanted to. I answered it to show that it doesn't matter how many countries have the name "America" in their names, that would not change that the continent, in which those countries are located in, is the bearer of that name! If only the U.S. is using the name America as a country, and others are not, maybe it should tell us a very important fact...that it is incorrect! The other countries have respected the name of the continent by not using America as their name and have kept it the way it was intended to be originally as the name of the continent.

Kevin M. Moore(United States)says...

So, are you talking about the USA or the USM? Because when you say "The United States" you could be talking about The United States of America or The United States of Mexico (Mexico's actual name). So grow-up! Their Mexico and we're America. Get over it!

Ernest(United States)says...

You are quite wrong. America is a Continent not a Country.

JW(United States)says...

Wrong....NORTH America is a Continent! Canadians, Mexicans, and Americans are all North Americans, but as in our name, USA, we are Americans! We Americans don't give a Sh*t what you or the Europeans think, so FO with all this PC *****!

Roda(United States)says...

Where would you categorize Panamenians? Costa Ricans? Hondurans?

German(Argentina)says...

Are you saying that South Americans are not American? Were your parents cousins?

Davidsays...

America has multiple meanings in many languages. We all know that many people call the USA ‘America’, so this is obviously one of its meanings.

Roda(United States)says...

WRONG! Mexico's name is The United Mexican States.

German(Argentina)says...

Copa AMERICA 2019: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Japan (invited team), Paraguay, Peru, Qatar (invited team), Uruguay, Venezuela.

Davidsays...

So what? What do you think this proves?

German(Argentina)says...

The word "Latino" is another misconception originated in the United States. "Latinos" are the people whose language, cultural heritage or ethnicity are related to ancient Rome. Spaniards, Italians, French, Romanians and Portuguese are all "Latino". Most Mexicans are NOT.

Davidsays...

Apparently this is shocking to you, but words aren’t always going to mean what you want them to mean, and they don’t stop meaning what they mean just because you don’t like them. Grow up, gain at least a little bit of knowledge and perspective, and stop your whining.

German(Argentina)says...

Well, in your country, "FOOTball" is played with the "HANDS".

Davidsays...

Your brilliance knows no limits.

If your story is true, why don’t you do some research and post facts and links to sources that are written by professionals who know about language and history? Why do you only post your idiotic factoids, obvious facts, and idiotic opinions? You don’t know more about these things than Waldseemüller, Ringmann, Schöner, historians, linguists, lexicographers, etc. Where are the facts that conclusively prove what you write? Let’s start with a fundamental one: what does ‘America’ refer to on the 1507 Waldseemüller map?

Roda(United States)says...

" but words aren’t always going to mean what you want them to mean, and they don’t stop meaning what they mean just because you don’t like them" Isn't that what you are doing David? You want America to mean a country when you know well that it is not what it really means and you seem to not like America to have its original meaning; a continent.

German(Argentina)says...

The most popular TV show in Argentina, a local version of "Dancing with the Stars", begins with the presenter saying "¡Buenas noches América!". Trying to impose another meaning for "America" is impossible here.

Davidsays...

If it’s impossible, then how does it exist? You all seriously need to learn the difference between reality and your fantasy world.

Roda(United States)says...

Another meaning of the name "America" is known because someone used it to mean something else. Words don't change themselves they are innate.

Davidsays...

You have absolutely no idea how language works and how words acquire their meanings. You seriously need to read a lot about linguistics, lexicography, history, and many other things.

I also recommend two very interesting podcasts: the History of English Podcast and Lexicon Valley. I have listened to more than a hundred hours of these podcasts over the years. If you listen, you will very quickly learn that many of your ideas about the way things are, and the way things “should” be, are completely wrong. Language does not work the way you think it does. You must read, listen, think, and learn in order to overcome your monumental ignorance. It is the only way that you can possibly stop embarrassing yourself with your ignorant, imaginary, and nonsensical comments.

Roda(United States)says...

All you are doing is trying to justify the "switch-a-roo" that the U.S. and other English Speaking countries have done with the word "America".

Davidsays...

“Queda claro, a mi parecer, que el nuevo gentilicio «nació» en América, y que -pronto repartido entre la mera referencia geográfica y la designación de los nacidos en ella- su adopción ha de relacionarse con la maduración de la conciencia y el orgullo criollos.”

“Alejandro de Humboldt escribe las impresiones de su estancia en México y nos deja este precioso testimonio:

Los criollos prefieren que se les llame americanos; y desde la paz de Versalles y, especialmente, después de 1789, se les oye decir muchas veces con orgullo: «Yo no soy español, soy americano»; palabras que descubren los síntomas de un antiguo resentimiento38.”

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Roda(United States)says...

Muchas gracias David. Esta informacion esta muy buena. En ella hay muchas verdades y las cuales ya las hemos discutido en este forum. America es un continente y los Estados Unidos esta en ese continente y por eso le pusieron los Estados Unidos de America. Ahora, de que los ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos hayan tomado ese nombre para llamarse a ellos mismos, eso es otro cuento.

Davidsays...

“Es probable que en otras lenguas europeas el gentilicio correspondiente a América tuviera no solo más temprano, sino también más extendido empleo34.”

“Es también significativo que el primer diccionario de nuestra lengua que registra americano sea de 1705: se trata del bilingüe español-francés de Francisco Sobrino, publicado en Bruselas en el año dicho37.”

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Davidsays...

“Lo cual es perfectamente explicable, pues, dado que la denominación oficial y abrumadoramente mayoritaria para el conjunto de posesiones ultramarinas venía siendo Indias, lo lógico es que el adjetivo que calificara lo "relativo a las Indias" fuera indiano, vocablo también apto, desde luego, para designar, sin la especifidad étnica de indio, al "natural de las Indias"30.”

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Davidsays...

“No dispongo de datos estadísticos sobre la frecuencia relativa en el empleo de Indias, Nuevo Mundo y América a lo largo de los siglos XVI y XVII, pero creo que bastará apelar a le experiencia lectora para convenir en que no erramos al considerar a la primera de esas designaciones «abrumadoramente mayoritaria». Es evidente que América suscitó rechazo entre los españoles, rechazo que varias veces se hizo explícito; pese a todo, y como era inevitable que sucediera, el nombre fue ganando terreno poco a poco, haciéndose cada vez menos raro a medida que nos acercamos al XVIII31.”

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