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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Will(United States)says...

Así podría recuperar México el territorio que le quitó Estados Unidos

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.


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


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)".


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!


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...

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.


Copa Libertadores de América


How’s the word used in English?


And how is it used in many other languages?


if they like "American" so much for their nationality in English, they should have invented another for all the people of the Americas (America), "Americane" or "Americaner" (it does not matter if they are not good examples)

Luis Miguel(Mexico)says...

"¡Américaaaaaa Américaaaaaa!

¡todo un inmenso jardín, eso es América!

Cuando Dios hizo el Edén, pensó en América"

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