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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David(United States)says...

Does it matter that you guys are right and we are wrong!? No it doesn't. What matters is that we have such a large and far reaching platform in the world stage that we have proliferated our spin on truth to the point of overshadowing what's really America and American. And quite honestly, after over ten years straight posting almost every day on this forum; I've yet to be moved or convinced to acknowledge what's genuinely America and American. Fact is we aren't stupid. We know but we don't care. And we don't care how you feel about it either. So get used to it, we aren't changing.

David(United States)says...

You are so funny and clever.

:)

David(United States)says...

You’re absolutely right that I don’t care about the feelings of those who don’t like how ‘America’ and ‘American’ are most commonly used in English and many other languages. I have clearly stated this.

You’re absolutely wrong when you claim that it is incorrect to use the names in this way. It is not incorrect because it violates no rules of naming. Words and names often refer to more than one thing. This is the situation in this case. The way you use the words is correct. The way I use the words is correct. I am not falsely claiming that certain usages are incorrect. It is you and your buddies who prove yourselves to be biased, hypocritical, ignorant, arrogant, provincial, and simple-minded in your false claims that only your preferred usages are correct.

You will continue to use your preferred terms, and others will continue using theirs. English, as the global lingua franca, will consider exerting its immense influence. Enjoy.

David(United States)says...

I meant: “…will continue exerting its immense influence.”

Javier(Argentina)says...

I like the term "United Stater" better than "United Statian", and don't tell me that the ending "er" is only for professions because it is also used for demonyms like "Londoner" or "New Yorker" and "New Zealender" .

*Although the one who would most prefer them to use "US American".

Anonymoussays...

United Statian is a real demonym. We are not deciding it here, whether we like it or not :)

David(United States)says...

So is ‘American’ for US citizens. It’s already been decided. It’s already used by billions of people, unlike ‘United Statian’, whether anyone likes it or not. :)

Ernst R.(Panama)says...

Losers use media to confuse and later pretend. They then say "usually", "commonly" or "also X way" to refer to wrong doings, hoping people forget after some years of hearing the same tape. In the meantime, they ignore that it is "dishonest", "arrogant" and "pretentious" to try to compare themselves with a continent, just as purposely exporting their bad habits outside of Northern America and calling everything else "rare".

Marcos(Bermuda)says...

Well said dude!

Its me again(United States)says...

Exactly! And a good example is David. He just confessed it. Wrong no matter how popular will still be wrong. Yes, the issue has been that the U.S. has been using the name America for a long long time and that does not make it correct in the sense that they think it is their name. Meanwhile, the name America belongs to a continent.

Tonysays...
David(United States)says...

Yawn. Nice try. Italians very commonly call US citizens ‘americanos’.

This is the best you got? Sad. Yawn.

Javier(Argentina)says...

If we review US American history, we will realize that on July 4, 1776, not one nation was born, but 13.

In the "Articles of the confederation and the perpetual union", which was the first text that ordered the independents, it can be read "the style (name) of this CONFEDERATION will be The United States of America" ​​and not "the name of this nation". That name is more the name of an international political organization than that of a country.

David(United States)says...

Pure BS. Federal republics are nations and countries. Stop pretending to be clever with your lame semantic games.

Javier(Argentina)says...

It is not semantic, this is the origin of the use of "American" among those who were part of the confederation of the 13 new countries of America (the continent), that is, because they did it -as it could not be otherwise- in its continental sense , they did not believe they were integrating ONE COUNTRY but that each one of them was or felt like a country, that is, they called themselves "Americans" in the same sense that we still do today in countries like Mexico, Argentina, Brazil or Cuba , because our countries belong to the continent America we are "americanos" (Americans).

Javier(Argentina)says...

For example, what was the name of the congress that declared US American independence? The Second CONTINENTAL Congress! Why "continental" and not national? In the declaration of independence of the United States, the word "nation" does not appear anywhere, as it does in that of Argentina, "...and invest itself with the high character of A free and independent NATION of King Ferdinand the seventh..."

Or the "Continental Army", or the American flag being nicknamed "Continental Colors" and several other examples like that.

Javier(Argentina)says...

The idea of considering one nation and not a group of several grew slowly, only in the second half of the 19th century, most likely as a result of the civil war in the 1960s.

Javier(Argentina)says...

besides "Continental colors" another nickname for the US American flag was "Congress flag", not "national colors"

Its me again(United States)says...

The U.S. was in the business of extending the Union throughout the continent but it didn't take the entire continent of America. Thus, they kept the name thinking they would grab more nations of the continent as they thought. They called it "Manifest Destiny". "Powerfully articulated in the Monroe Doctrine of 1823, Adams’s coolheaded geopolitical calculations provided later generations of U.S. officials with a road map for the advancement of American dominion in the Western Hemisphere. Meanwhile, Americans in the 1830s and 1840s justified their march across the continent under the rubric of “Manifest Destiny.” Coined by a New York newspaper, the term described the popular desire for geographic expansion and, as such, was more a zeitgeist than an official foreign policy strategy in antebellum America.12"

Its me again(United States)says...

each of the States which formed the Union of the United States was a sovereign nation in themselves. They were Sovereign States which formed a union to be stronger against the Europeans especially England. These Sovereign States were located in America, the continent and in North America, the subcontinent. Their goal was to unite all continental nations into what the United States of America would be but they only succeeded with taking and buying lands and made it the United States that it is today.

Sergio(Argentina)says...

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She is an Argentine/United Statian singer-songwriter. Growing up between sunny California and rural Argentina, Gabriela became inspired by Argentina's rich folklore and modern rock music, which she brings into her indie-pop sound.

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Roni(Brazil)says...

Hey, fake David, which was your University? well, in case you ever enrolled into one.

Roni(Brazil)says...

Of course: Pelé is the best American football player

Edgar(Ireland)says...

Hey, what's the best football player from America?

David(United States)says...

Give us some context, payaso.

David(United States)says...

It’s “who’s”, not “what’s”.

David(United States)says...

Lionardo Messi an Argentinian is considered the best American and World football player.

Margo(Colombia)says...

From America? Messi

Setsukosays...

Enner Valencia of Ecuador

David(United States)says...

Mrs. Anonymous, you are a quintessential snowflake when it comes to this topic. American leftists aren’t the only snowflakes in the world.

Its me again(United States)says...

jajaja



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