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?


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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Mojo Jojosays...

‘America’ and ‘American’ have multiple meanings in English and in other languages. ‘América’ and ‘Americano’ have multiple meanings in Spanish and Portuguese. Not all Spanish speakers use ‘América’ and ‘Americano’ in exactly the same way. Not all Portuguese speakers use ‘América’ and ‘Americano’ in exactly the same way. No one person or institution speaks for all speakers of a language. No one person or institution dictates which usage is “correct” or “incorrect” for all people in all contexts. A person might not like how other people use certain words, but that does not mean that said usage is “wrong”. In English, ‘America’ usually means the USA. It has this meaning even if some people don’t like it. Their disapproval doesn’t change the meaning of the word. Their objections don’t mean that such usage is “incorrect”.

Mojo Jojosays...

‘America’ is a PROPER NOUN.


A NOUN is “a word (other than a pronoun) used to identify any of a class of people, places, or things (common noun), or to name a particular one of these (proper noun).”



Etymological fallacy is the faulty argument that the "true" or "proper" meaning of a word is its oldest or original meaning.

Because the meanings of words change over time, a word's contemporary definition can't be established from its origin (or etymology). The best indicator of a word's meaning is its current use, not its derivation.

“...the meanings of WORDS change over time...”

AMERICA is a PROPER NOUN, which is a NOUN, which is a WORD whose MEANING CHANGES over time.


America is a noun used for the first time in 1507. It was written for the forst time over Brazil, which is located in South America. Sorry, but your country is not America.

Holly Ross(United States)says...

Sorry, not your choice. It's our choice.

Mojo Jojosays...

The Olympic flag doesn’t prove that it’s “incorrect” to call the USA ‘America’. The Olympic flag merely demonstrates that some people see the Americas as one continent. This view isn’t any more “correct” than seeing the Americas as two continents.

Mojo Jojosays...

In English, the main meaning of ‘America’ is the United States of America, and the main meaning of ‘American’ is a citizen of the USA. Many other languages also use these meanings. You might not like it, but that doesn’t mean that any language rules are being violated. Words can and do have different meanings. New meanings can and do arise over time. This is how languages work. The facts of the meanings and usage of words are not invalidated simply because someone doesn’t like them.


"America" means "las tierras de Américo" (the lands of Americo). Américo Vespucio (italian name: Amerigo Vespucci) was the explorer who realized that Christopher Columbus didn't land in India, but in a new continent. Americo never set foot on the current territory of the United States. Americo explored SOUTH America instead. The first time the name "America" appeared on a map, it was written over Brazil. So, what do the United States have to do with Americo or America?

Holly Ross(United States)says...

Perhaps not a darn thing. What of it? Our country, we decide. You notice we don't demonize Germany despite the travesty of the Second World War. We let you proudly call yourselves Germans and celebrate your heritage without bashing you or telling you how to self-identify. And set theory? Really? You have to get into mathematical logic to make your point? This isn't a conversation about math logic. This is about a country that chose its own name and its demonym. If you don't want to call us Americans, then don't. But we'll do as we please.

JED(United States)says...

That was just dumb. Of course they call themselves Germans. They are from Germany! You just made the point you are trying to argue against.

Im addition, just because most people in this country don't know its name doesn't mean the name of the country changes. If half the country decided to call a ball a box that doesn't make it a box. Box already exists as something else, just like America already existed as something else. It's just a bunch of people calling it the wrong thing.

And once again we did choose a name in 1776.“That in all continental commissions, and other instruments, where, heretofore, the words ‘United Colonies’ have been used, the stile be altered for the future to the “United States.” The fact that you and most of the country get it wrong doesn't change the actual name of our country.


So true as this site explains it!

Jayden(United States)says...

I'm from the united states ad I agree with you,Roberto.

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