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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Muy buen aporte, Fran. Gracias guapo.


You very concerned because the United States also calls itself America, but no one stops calling "Greece" to Hellada, "China" to Zonghuó and "Egypt" to Misr (These are their TRUE names!).

How much hypocrisy!


Miss Nono Morgan, what happens is that China is not a continent, Egypt is not a continent, and Greece is not a Continent, so no other countries are offended.

Think a bit.

Mrs. Anonymoussays...

good point


The Netherlands did take offense at its extremely misnomer "Holland", and it was not a discussion about the continental.


The United Statian Family


there's America, and then there's 'Murica

Giuseppe Russo(Italy)says...

United States is of America not itself America.

Discover what's genuinely America and American

Mrs. Anonymoussays...

The history of the United States says it all. Why invent something that is not? America is the name of the continent in which the United States formed its union as a nation and they didn't use a name only The United States and then added "Of America". It was never that a nation existed as America and then was divided into states hence the United States.


America in the name of a Continent. Any other use is still a reference to the continent. Otherwise it is wrongly used.

Arriba el Sur(Argentina)says...

I think that in the case of the name of the country there is no controversy, "America" ​​is just the informal abbreviation of the real name of the country "United States of America", the official abbreviation is "United States"

Arriba el Sur(Argentina)says...

The case of the name of nationality (demonyn) is really questionable, because the Encyclopedia Britannica itself recognizes that "American" will never lose its original continental meaning, but that in its use, they -the English-speaking countries- prioritize that it be used only for the nationality of the United States. And that for the continental what is used is "South American" or "North American" as appropriate.

Mrs. Anonymoussays...

like Sebastian said: any other use of the name "America" is still to name the continent! The name of the nation is "United States" and the nation is in America or "Of America". It is not that America has all these united states and so the name is America. Nope. It is a group of sovereign States who got together to form a union which they called "the United States" which these United States are in the continent of America.

Arriba el Sur(Argentina)says...

I did not say that of course that although the full name of the country includes the name of the continent, "The United States of America", undoubtedly its central part is "United States", as confirmed by the text of its constitution, that although in its beginning the full name appears, in the rest it speaks of "the people of the United States"

Mrs. Anonymoussays...

not the informal, but the name of the continent! So they are calling themselves with a continental name.


In English:

From US America = American

From America/Americas = Americaner

In Spanish:

From US America = ameriquense

From America/Americas = americano


Wtf is this.


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