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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Anonymous(Italy)says...
Anthony(Canada)says...

The United States is IN America. In the northern part specifically.

Scarlet(Uruguay)says...

Uruguay is also in America

Roberto(Argentina)says...

In a matter of country names (and other things too) there are no definitive truths, some words like "republic", "emirates", "states" or "lands" consider it part of the name itself, such as Republic Dominican, Czech Republic, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Netherlands, and Germany (which in their language are called Deutschland, which means "land of the people").

Roberto(Argentina)says...

But in other cases those same words are considered only formal clarifications about the type of political order by which that country is organized, such as "República Argentina" (whose central denomination is "Argentina"), State of Japan and United Mexican States. (institutional name that Mexicans hardly use in their daily lives, only in bureaucratic legal matters, for them their country is basically called Mexico).

Roberto(Argentina)says...

It doesn't seem so serious to me that the United States of America is sometimes abbreviated "America", because it is the informal way of doing it, the official way is "United States". What does seem debatable to me is his nationality, "American"; but anyway I think it would be fixed just by adding "US", that is "US American".

Mrs. Anonymoussays...

America means the continent how can calling the U.S. as "America" be something of an informal name of that country if it was added due to the fact that the United States were founded in the continent of America? Let's see, if let's say a country appears and wants to be called "The United Provinces of Africa" and then people would then be lazy and just "informally" start calling it "Africa". Wouldn't that be a conflict with the continent of Africa? Well, how about the real country of "South Africa" do they say they are just Africans? If they do then they are correct because they are in that continent, but they usually say they are from South Africa. So it is the same with the case of the U.S., where they decided to put the continent's name in their name to denote where the U.S. is located and in what continent which is "America".

Will(United States)says...

Así podría recuperar México el territorio que le quitó Estados Unidos

https://youtu.be/8s_pCthWzjo

Will(United States)says...
Kimei(Costa Rica)says...

There is a convention that in Spanish someone from the United States (Estados Unidos) is "estadounidense"; and someone from the Americas (América) is "americano"; and in English someone from the United States of America is "American"; while someone from the Americas is "South American" or "North American" as appropriate.

Will(United States)says...

That's not English, but rather a bad habit linked to their imperialism.

Will(United States)says...

I'm glad I learned Spanish and not only English. So I'm not an ignorant US citizen.

Kimeisays...

I was expecting that type of response, however what I wrote is still correct since I referred to the CONVENTION of use in English-speaking countries, a convention of use is a faculty of the language that we all recognize and do. Whether or not it is due to imperialism is not my problem, I only explained the conventions

BR(Brazil)says...

Yeah in Brazil United States of America is "Estados Unidos da América", so we usually don't say Americans(Americanos) we say "Estado Unidenses(United Statians)".

Jessesays...

Americanos is the most common way to refer to Americans in Brazil. If you are really Brazilian, you would know this.

Captain America(United States)says...

I am from the U.S.A., born in Seattle.

My 1st language is English

América/America is not a country or a nation. Therefore, 'American' isn't a nationality, a citizenship, or a term exclusively for the United States of América/America.

Anyone who uses these terms as such is due to ignorance, selfishness, conceitedness, laziness, stubbornness, indoctrination, and/or arrogance!

Furthermore, an American is from the Continent of América!

BR(Brazil)says...

Yeah, in Brazil United States of America is "Estados Unidos da América", so we usually don't say Americans(Americanos) we say "Estado Unidenses(United Statians)".

Statian Boy(United States)says...
Cachu(Argentina)says...

English teaching texts should say "the word America is used in this language to abbreviate 'The United States of America' (informally at least)" to avoid all this controversy.



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