USA is not America

Even when we stated on our home page that this site is not about demonyms, because of popular demand, we are forced to clarify on this issue.

What is Demonyms?

A demonym is a name given to natives or residents of a certain or specific place. The term gentilic was used previously but is now uncommon.

A demonym is usually, but not always, derived from the name of a place.



So what about the people from the United States?

It's wide known that many people use the term American to refer to the people from the United States of America, hence overlapping the demonyms of the inhabitants of the continent of America (remember that America is one whole continent with three sub continents) with the inhabitants of the country.

So many scholars have proposed the use of many terms to solve this misuse: US American and Unitedstatesian and USian among others.

We strongly believe that US American is a fair demonym for the people of the United States of America; fair for them and fair for the continent inhabitants.

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Joda Locasays...

Coutry: "The United States of America"

Nationality demonym: "Americans"

Continental demonyms: "South Americans" and "North Americans"

The Real and True American(Canada)says...

Lol, what you said about Nationality Demonym is just wrong. Sure, that is the way it is currently but that is just the wrong demonym when referring to United States by itself.

Obviously …

Country: "United States of America"

Nationality Demonym: "U.S.Americans"

Continental Demonyms: "North Americans" and "South Americans"

Combined Continent Official Demonym: "Americans"

Combined Continent Informal Demonym: "Pan Americans"

North Americans + South Americans = Americans

The “Pan American Olympic Games” ARE obviously …

the “AMERICAN Olympic Games”!!!

Suck it spics(Afghanistan)says...

We dont care.

-americans

Usonian(United States)says...

Usonian is the best demonym. It places the US initials and makes a dignified word out of it. Plus it was invented by my favorite architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s the perfect name.

Setsuko(United States)says...

actually, James Duff Law used the term first.

Setsuko(United States)says...

I like Usonian as the demonym.

sur de Américasays...

Usamerican is better demonym

Alfredo Moreno(United States)says...

By law, I am United Statian. By ancestry, I am Mexican. In recent times, I’ve been more United Statian than Mexican; The last time that I went back to Mexico was in 2010… I think.

Read more...

https://medium.com/@alfredoeladiomoreno/late-stage-longaniza-a739612485ee

Jeremy(United States)says...

I don't mind to be called United Statian. It's clear it refers to us. No ambiguity.

Davidsays...

Mhmm...

Fabián(Argentina)says...

SPANISH <> ENGLISH

americano = Pan American

estadounidense = American

En castellano "sudamericano,na" indica "del sur de América", sin embargo en inglés América del Sur se considera continente y por eso decir "South American" indica pertenencia a ese continente.

Y con "norteamaricano" y "North American" exactamente lo mismo, en castellano el primero indica "del norte de América" y el segundo "perteneciente al continente de América del Norte".

Fabián(Argentina)says...

This is for English speakers who visit the web (a little game), if you had to invent a demonym for an inhabitant of The Americas, what would it be like? (obviously different from the word "American")

Anonymoussays...

Looks like a United Statian has hacked the website



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