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 country is called "The United States of America" and is abbreviated "United States", "America", "US", "The States" and "USA".

The use for nationality of the word "American" is more difficult to defence, but in the english language the words for the continental what they use are "South American" and "North American".


LOL The U.S. led campaign against what is genuinely America and American is not compelled by the English language.

Fact is United States was founded in the continent/hemisphere named in honor of Amerigo Vespucci, America. Hence the long form name United States of America. North America/American and South America/American are to America as North Europe/Europeans are to Europe. U.S. Americans are those Americans specifically from the United States.

The desire to cancel what's genuinely America and American doesn't negate what is qualified with the adjectives North and South, America and American.

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Discover what's genuinely America and American:

Max Moreno(Colombia)says...

Los padres fundadores de los EEUU lo llamaron "Estados Unidos de América" porque los 13 estados que se unieron en un país se encontraban en el continente llamado América. Entonces, la palabra final América hace referencia a la ubicación del nuevo país, no al país que es América en sí mismo. En Colombia, como en muchos países de América Latina, las personas con alguna frecuencia se refieren a personas de los Estados Unidos como norteamericanos o "americanos", por esnobismo. No usan el término "estadounidenses" que sería el correcto. Pues los Colombianos como todos los nativos de un país localizado en el continente Americano son como consecuencia Americanos y con justa razón. Algunas veces, las personas que ya han estado en los Estados Unidos desean presumir usando la palabra "americano" en lugar de estodounidense, pero eso se mueve principalmente por el deseo de llamar la atención y presumir.


hace un tiempo encontré el artículo de un historiador estadounidense que confesaba que lo que se creó el 4 de julio de 1776 no fue "un" país, sino varios, por eso el nombre (Los Estados Unidos de América) es más parecido al de una institución continental que para una nación, o sea, pudo haber sido buen nombre para la actual Organización de Estados Americanos.

El nombre del artículo es "Why the U.S. has no name?", el historiador se llama David Tollen.


Discover what's genuinely America and American.

United States is of America not itself America. A genitive case "of America" is used to derive a long form name for the United States. It however does not make United States and America one and same simply because one wants to justify using the continental term American as if it were a nationality. American is everyone that's from that which is genuinely America, the Western Hemisphere. The adjective North, Central, South, Latin, Anglo, etc.. decorating the name America and term American, denote a particular subcontinental region/demographic/population of America/Americans etc.. . The New World / Continent Christopher Columbus is credited with discovering in 1492. Named America in honor of Amerigo Vespucci in 1507 by Waldseemuller and Ringmann. None of which set foot in what is today occupied by the United States.

Cap(United States)says...

this is not cap

The Real and True American(Canada)says...

Hahaha, I don’t understand what “cap” is supposed to be.


America is a name that is given to different things. This is done with many names. How is it incorrect? A lot of people say it’s incorrect to use America as a name for the USA. A lot of people say it’s incorrect because America can only name a continent. This isn’t true. America also names a country. A lot of people say that people who call the country America mistakenly think that the country is the whole continent. This is not true. In the Netherlands and the other parts of Europe where I have traveled I have never met a person who calls the US America and thinks that the country is the whole continent. I have also met many Americans. None of them think that the country is the whole continent. I think that some people don’t like that the country is called America so they make up a lot of false reasons to say that it is incorrect to call the country America. America is used to name many different things. Why do these people only complain when it names the US? It is not honest.

Anonymous(United States)says...

American is everyone that's from the American continent. The genitive "of America" is used to derive a long form name for the United States. As in

United States



Hence United States is of America not itself America. People like you like misrepresenting the United States as being one and same as America out of the need to justify misrepresenting the continental/generic term American as if it were a nationality. Once you get passed that you will come to terms with the fact that the correct/accurate term for citizens of the United States are follow:

U.S. Citizen

United Statesian

U.S. American

"The United States is not America and America is not the United States, in any careful use of language."

--George L Fox (1925).School and University in the United States. The Journal of Education and School World

Facts don't care about one's feelings.

Anonymous(United States)says...

edit: past that

Its me again(United States)says...

And how come people call Holland instead of the Netherlands and your people don't like it? See how easy it is to think twice about what you wrote? If you don't know the history of the continent of America try to learn it before you speak about a country using its name. America is not a country but a continent and the different States of the Union decided to get together to be stronger against Europeans like England and Spain etc. Then these United States used the name of the continent in which they formed this union to denote that they were no longer Europeans colonies but American from the American Continent.

Captain America(United States)says...

Sorry, there's NO country named America.

There IS a continent named America.

Very simple!

Mrs. Anonyomous(United States)says...

To have been conditioned! Sorry but America first and foremost stands for a continent and the name the United States uses as America is to denote where it is, thus the continent of America.

United States citizen(United States)says...

So thankful I found this website. It will help greatly in correcting the misunderstanding that most ignorant people have of the United States of America. Just today I have shared the link with an International Airline Pilot that refused to acknowledge that America was more than just the United States. It's very concerning to me that an individual that is responsible for piloting an aircraft across many different countries in America refuses to acknowledge that America is many different countries. Hopefully this person's ego does not get the best of them and they do feel the need to educate themselves on the geography that they are greatly misunderstanding.

bosnianhoodclips(Bosnia and Herzegovina)says...


The Real and True American(Canada)says...

What does “Bosnia” have to do with the name America “Bosnian Hood Clips”?

World champions(Argentina)says...

The name "America" ​​to refer to the United States is purely informal, the problem is that some Usamericans claim that it really becomes the name of the country! but this will never happen, the country is called "United States of America" ​​and the continent "America"; a case similar to that of the province of "Tucumán" (in Argentina) and the city of "San Miguel de Tucumán".

World champions(Argentina)says...

the bad thing is not that they are called "United States of America", the bad thing is that they have invented a reasoning for themselves that they are "America" ​​in the singular and the continent "the Americas" in the plural

Anonymous(United States)says...

"The United States is not America and America is not the United States, in any careful use of language."

--George L Fox (1925).School and University in the United States. The Journal of Education and School World

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