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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the United States of America is different from the mexican United States because the USA Is talking about a group of United States OF America not AMERICAN United States because it is referring to a collection of states that are united to make a country in America.

plus the name was originally put by a man named Americo Vespucio when he realized that Columbus had landed in a new country so they ended up calling it America and people in the US around 1776 suddenly decided that they should get the name and just named the country USA

Adam(United States)says...

By this logic, nobody should ever refer to any other country by a shorthand name. "Mexico" should not refer to the United Mexican States. "China" should not refer to the People's Republic of China.

Or we could all agree to stop freaking out about words. America can refer to either the country of the United States of America or the continents of North and South America. China can refer to the region that includes the both the People's and the Democratic republics of China, as well as the country of the People's Republic of China. Linguistically, English speakers often maintain the distinction between two referents that share the same word. Why can't it be any different for "America"?

JED(United States)says...

How is adding two additional words using a shortened version? If the country was named USA and people called it US then you'd have a point. That's not the case though. It's US and people incorrectly call it USA.

Rob Rennie(Canada)says...

Look to your Military Branches for the correct Information.


They are the UNITED STATES Marines The UNITED STATES ARMY, NAVY ETC. They fight to safeguard the People of


AMERICA > Is a Collection of some 43 if I remember Countries and Continents.THE AMERICAS

As usual people from South of CANADA (Americans) and North of Mexico (Americans) And Cuba (Americans) and all of Central and South America (AMERICANS ) took the shortened way via the world wars and dubbed themselves (solely) AMERICANS . We they are but so are all those other nationalities all from the AMERICAS . They one day will wake up and realize what,where , and who they really are. It will be a hard sell but someday maybe> In ending GOOD LUCK DURING THE ELECTIONS TODAY > And REMEMBER

" There is NO country on the planet EARTH called AMERICA !

Mojo Jojosays...

You have proven the obvious point that the OFFICIAL name of the country is the United States of America. Of course, ‘America’ is not the official name of the country. However, ‘America’ is known throughout the world to be a COLLOQUIAL name of the country. This fact is beyond dispute. You may dislike this obvious fact, but it remains a fact nonetheless. It is what it is.


you realize that every country is a collection of United States in the country of America and that the United States of America does say OF and not AMERICAN United States because all other countries are named the MEXICAN not states of Mexico, its the key OF word that makes the sentence "the United States is America" false

JED(United States)says...

There is no country called United States of America either. Notice it's U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines. President of the United States. United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, United States Department of ...

“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.”

John Hernandez(United States)says...

The USA will soon speak beautiful Spanish soon and then they'll have to accept the true 6 continent model

Jayden Hill(United States)says...

And then we'll convince Japan to accept said model (though they already use a 6-continent model) and have them use their katakana to write a new name for United States. Oh,and we'll have japan make new hiragana for va vi ve and vo. Oh,and we'll convince Alfred F. Jones to stop calling himself america. and we'll convince bandit keith to ennd his snetences with "in the united states" instead of "in america"


How long until we can avoid all this nonsense and just start calling the U.S. Northern Mexico?

Your Truth(United States)says...

Mexico is America's toilet



Morgan(United States)says...

What happened to all of the old posts?


The old comment system was failing and didn't support the new reCaptcha, so we had to migrate, hence all the old comments are gone :(

We are very sorry about this.

Jayden(United States)says...

I agree with this website.

Mojo Jojosays...

Why do some think that we MUST follow Waldseemüller? Why do they think his map determines names for all time? Names change frequently all over the world and all through history. Words acquire new meanings all the time in all languages.

Mojo Jojosays...

If someone is speaking English, and they say ‘America’ to refer to the USA, they are not using the word incorrectly. That is the most common usage in English and many other languages. If your language uses the word differently, that’s cool...for your language. English is not ruled by the conventions of other languages. The global Anglo-sphere determines how the language is used, and it has overwhelming decided that ‘America’ means the USA. You would be wrong if you told them that their usage is incorrect. English isn’t required to conform to the common usage of other languages. When it comes to proper English usage, it just doesn’t matter how another language does things. Different languages do things differently.

Jayden(United States)says...

Just because something is widely used doesn't mean it's correct. If thousands of people stole,stealing would still be wrong.

Mojo Jojosays...

How is it not correct? It is correct linguistically. And grammatically. And logically.

Your dislike of this very common usage is not sufficient for the usage to be considered “incorrect”. The usage is correct AND you don’t like it. They are both true.

Your preferences don’t determine the truth. You aren’t the arbiter of what is “correct” and “incorrect”. You aren’t in charge here. The collective global Anglosphere is. We have spoken, and the vast majority of us don’t follow your silly “rules”. Learn your place.


How does it make sense logically? If the USA is America then wouldn't North America be the northern states and South America be the southern states? Isn't North America and South America combined, America? Wasn't America used during colonization to mean the new world that is now North and South America? Isn't the country called the United States OF America meaning the country is made up of unified states in the greater area of America? If America is the country then why does the states need to be united? Wouldn't it be just named America?


Logically it is INCORRECT. How could South America not be included in America? Did you ever study Set Theory?

BRIAN GRAHAM(United States)says...

You are a snowflake.

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