USA is not America

Even when we stated on our home page that this site is not about demonyms, because of popular demand, we are forced to clarify on this issue.

What is Demonyms?

A demonym is a name given to natives or residents of a certain or specific place. The term gentilic was used previously but is now uncommon.

A demonym is usually, but not always, derived from the name of a place.



So what about the people from the United States?

It's wide known that many people use the term American to refer to the people from the United States of America, hence overlapping the demonyms of the inhabitants of the continent of America (remember that America is one whole continent with three sub continents) with the inhabitants of the country.

So many scholars have proposed the use of many terms to solve this misuse: US American and Unitedstatesian and USian among others.

We strongly believe that US American is a fair demonym for the people of the United States of America; fair for them and fair for the continent inhabitants.

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Anonymsays...

cool! this seems like an old website, but I think it overlaps with the one I've recently created

https://www.americaisnotonlyusa.org/

You can post something in my website if you're interested in collaborating to spread this message more strongly

L(Bolivia)says...

THE CONTINENTAL IN ENGLISH = ONLY "NORTH AMERICAN" OR/AND "SOUTH AMERICAN"

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

WRONG, THE CONTINENTAL IN ENGLISH = NOT ONLY "NORTH AMERICAN" OR/AND "SOUTH AMERICAN", BUT IS ALSO “AMERICAN” ONLY.

THE NATIONAL IN ENGLISH = UNITED STATESIAN ONLY, NOT AMERICAN! 🙂

Juan V(United States)says...

You, me, and everyone else here knows that that's not true: both out of convention and due to plate tectonics, in English, we refer to the two different parts as North and South America. Sorry, that's just how it is. And nobody is using "Statsian", I'm sorry. Like nobody would even know what that is... it's a bad solution looking for a problem.

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

Just as Anonymous from United States has clearly said on the Home Page …

AMERICA (in English) = AMÉRICA (in Spanish)

THE AMERICAS (in English) = LAS AMÉRICAS (in Spanish)

AMERICA (the 2 known continents in English) = THE AMERICAS (“the 1 continent” of Latin-speaking countries “combined” - referring to every location of the New World IN ALL LANGUAGES)

AMÉRICA (the 1 known continent in Spanish) = LAS AMÉRICAS (“the 2 continents” of Anglo-speaking countries “combined” - referring to every location of the New World IN ALL LANGUAGES)

Etc.. etc.. etc..

É (as it includes a right apostrophe above) = IS the letter E with punctuation to aid in pronunciation!

So people who say the incorrect translations between multiple languages (especially on this website), such as “América = The Americas” …

THEN right away they completely lose their argument and are an ignorant for not agreeing to this true website, which truly matters for the entire world!

Ulises(Argentina)says...

I have a proposal, based on the following, more than one demonym can be made with the same place name, such as "Mexico" (the country), with which, because there is more than one district named like that (there is also the State -province- of Mexico), there is "Mexican" for the nationality and "Mexiquense" for the State. There is even "Israeli" (nationality of the modern State of Israel) and "Israelite" (to refer to the historical ethnic-religious community):

Ulises(Argentina)says...

Now, my proposal is that based on the word "America" two demonyms with different suffixes (endings) are created in all languages, for example in Spanish it would be like this:

-"americano" (for continental)

-"ameriquense" (for the nationality of someone from the United States of America)

Ulises(Argentina)says...

And in English like this:

-"American" (for the nationality of someone from the United States) *each privileged language the suffix you want for the United States or the continent.

-"Americian" (for the continental) *I put together this one the best I could being a Spanish speaker, I don't know if it will be completely correct.

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

1st of all, I liked reading your 1st 2 comments posted for a proposal, based on “more than one demonym can be made with the same place name” and “the word America”!

2nd of all, I don’t like your 3rd comment that begins with “And in English like this:”. I mean “Americano” in Spanish, translates to “American” correctly in English. So if your proposal is for Spanish: "americano" (for continental) and

"ameriquense" (for the nationality of someone from United States of America), then obviously the proposal in English has to be: "American" (for the continental identity)* and "Americian" (for the nationality of someone from USA)**.

*Having each language “privileged” for the suffix you want for “United States” and “the continent” IS stupid. Of course, That would be messing up a language, by planning to change the correct translation of a word, into a new and incorrect translation.

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

**“Ameriquense” in Spanish should translate to “Americian” in English.

As you say in your words “"Americian" (for the continental) - I put together this one the best as I could, as a Spanish speaker. I don't know if it will be completely correct.” … the answer coming from me is: Your proposal between the 2 languages of Spanish and English, is not completely correct. But I’m glad that you have tried your best!

Lastly, “American” will forever remain as my continental identity throughout my whole life, even if a group of people (such as a country) unexpectedly changes the demonym American (in the English language) to any new demonym (for double-continent) in the future. 🙂

Juan V(United States)says...

Honestly, while I still stand by that this whole conversation is just various poor solutions that are seaking a "problem" to solve (because let's be honest, no one is confused when some guy from Texas says he's American), I think your sentiment to try to make two demonyms out of "America" isn't a bad one. Like maybe "Amériquenso" (to use your Mexico example... the suffix is already in use on a Spanish speaking country, so could more easily catch in other Latin language speaking countries) for people from the Americas region, and "American" from the US? Honestly, most of the people I've ever met refer to themselves as the country they're from anyway, and not the continent.

Laughing at you all(Israel)says...

Lol at all of the fragile Spanish and Portuguese speakers who think the entire world should conform to their continent model and way of speaking. This has to be the stupidest concept for a website I’ve ever seen, and it’s been running for years. Yet they think Americans (yes, people from the US are referred to as Americans in 90% of the world) are arrogant. They are referred to as “Americans” in the English language because they were the first independent nation in the Americas (also yes, there are TWO American continents). I’m fact the English were the ones who started calling people from the 13 colonies “Americans”. So yeah, like it or not, when speaking English people will only refer to US citizens as Americans. Don’t speak English if you don’t like it. Anyways, it’s as clear as day that you just have a weird complex about the US and act like it’s the root of everything evil in the world. We Israelis can sympathize because you treat us the same way. Grow up and get a life.

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

I laugh at you also Israeli. I Canadian speak English too and only the English language but I will never ever refer to U.S. citizens as Americans in my life (whenever I refer to USA’s nationality only).

Your message is the stupidest reminder for this true website I have ever read (yes, I understand that all countries “are taught in their own schools” and “follow” different continent models). Of course, United Statesians along with 90% of the world are factually arrogant, ignorant, etc. (also yes, there are BOTH ONE American continent AND TWO American continents located in the Western Hemisphere). USA is not the only American country in the planet being as The Americas combined are America and never can exist without being America’s divisions (especially yes, all North Americans and South Americans combined are Americans)!

Finally, It is you Israelis and people of foreign countries who do have to get a life whether you like it or not.

Ulises(Argentina)says...

What is done in most of the world is to use the word "American, americain, americano, etc" ambiguously, both for the continental and for the "nationality" of a person from the United States. Years ago in Spanish the word "estadounidense" (United Statian) was invented, and more recently in Italian and French they also created "statunitense" and "etats unien" respectively, and it will surely be the trend in the rest of the world soon.

Ulises(Argentina)says...

And regarding the continental models, for the majority of the world "America" is a continent, in fact the Germans describe it as "the double continent"; Only in some countries that consider America to be a continent, the word began to be used to ALSO refer to the United States, a bad idea I think.

World champions(Argentina)says...

Option 1: Usamericans

Option 2: American (from the United States) and Amerian (from the Americas), this in the English language; and americano (from the Americas) and ameriquense (from the United States), this in the Spanish language

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

According to what you said, Option 1 is better than Option 2 for the demonym of USA.

VP(Argentina)says...

There is someone here who wanted to invent Iberocentrism by referring to the use of the word America to designate what English speakers call "the Americas", but old British-made maps totally deny that argument.

VP(Argentina)says...

in the headings that title the maps, it is clearly written "America" ​​for the entire region of South America and North America together, iberian centric?

Davidsays...

The map says America. That's right, a continent.

Setsuko(United States)says...

I never thought something you said would ever make sense. aren't you the one who used "America" to refer to the United States on the homepage?

Ernestosays...

I will follow the recommendation put forth by Dr. Thomas Holloway and I'll use the term "United Statian" when referring to the people of the States.

https://quixoticreflexions.blogspot.com/2008/06/problem-with-americans-part-2.html

Wiki(Ireland)says...

The Americas are not 1 continent divided into regions. They are arguably much more separate and distinct than Europe and Asia. One of them may as well be called vespucciland. Then at least most of the latinos would get over ‘USA is claiming our continent’ BS. It’s called the AmericaS because there are two of them. You are either North American or South American in English - problem solved, stop trying to reinvent the wheel!

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

All ‘the Americas’ together form the whole AMERICA in English whether you like it or not.

USA is claiming the words America and American all to themself.

What you said is just an excuse and I am not respecting USA’s English speaking world. Their way of English is so not cool and they get an ‘F -’ on their report card!

Wiki(Ireland)says...

You’re wrong. The whole English speaking world calls them Americans, including Canadians. And whether you like it or not it’s commonly referred to as ‘the Americas’. I can’t believe you speak English and don’t know that. They’re only both called America because they were discovered around the same time and were thought to be one mass. If you’re Canadian, you’re North American. What is your issue? “Boo Hoo, I want to be called American, but there is already a term for me.” Wow it must really be such a bane in your life to have to suffer that insult. Your whining is not going to change anything.

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

I’M NOT WRONG. You are the one who is wrong. I am not whining.

I am NOT ONLY North American, I am American as well. Your English is Terrible.

I am NEVER referring to the country of United States only whenever the words America and American are coming out of my mouth.

I’m calling my country Canada of America!

Neither North America and South America would exist without America … which sucks for you! In fact, I don’t care if they are 2 separated continents or are apart of 1 continent.

Your English culture is NOT going to change anything. Too bad so sad!

Setsuko(United States)says...

actually, the USA is not America and americans are not the same as people from the USA. Guyana and Belize consider America as 1 continent.

Wiki(Ireland)says...

“I want 300 million people to change their demonym just so I can call myself American instead of North American” sounds pretty pointless and egotistical. Good luck with that which will never change.

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

Good luck with your stupidity “Wiki” which will need to change and stop happening.

It is really “300 million USA people will have to change their inappropriate demonym “American” to their appropriate demonym “United Statesian” for their nationality just so it can drain down all the confusion away for the demonym American and its official definition being “a resident or something related to the 1 continent OR 2 continents of America 🌎 (The New World)”.

Therefore, American is 1 of my Demonym Identifiers being as my country is a part of America (NOT USA)! All-in-All: I have my own personal right to call myself “American” as well as “North American” and all ways that explains where “my exact location” is on Planet Earth!

Good luck with trying to take away my American identity, which will never change.

Setsuko(United States)says...

while the english language doesn't have much in store, romance languages usually have a demonym from the name of the united states itself, while the german language uses US-Amerikaner and US-Amerikanisch (literally US-American)

John(Puerto Rico)says...

I am United Statian, and you?

Setsuko(United States)says...

Also United Statian

Joda Locasays...

Coutry: "The United States of America"

Nationality demonym: "Americans"

Continental demonyms: "South Americans" and "North Americans"

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

Lol, what you said about Nationality Demonym is just wrong. Sure, that is the way it is currently but that is just the wrong demonym when referring to United States by itself.

Obviously …

Country: "United States of America"

Nationality Demonym: "U.S.Americans"

Continental Demonyms: "North Americans" and "South Americans"

Combined Continent Official Demonym: "Americans"

Combined Continent Informal Demonym: "Pan Americans"

North Americans + South Americans = Americans

The “Pan American Olympic Games” ARE obviously …

the “AMERICAN Olympic Games”!!!

Setsuko(United States)says...

you're both wrong about the demonym for the United States. the demonym for someone from the United States should be gringo.

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

Excuse yourself, but only Joda Loca is the one wrong.

Therefore, I am NOT AT ALL WRONG for the demonym of the United States.

Even “Gringo” (that you mentioned) is not derived from the name “United States”.

Anyway, “United Statesian” or “U.S. American” is the correct term for referring to USA’s national demonym!



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