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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Anonymous(UK)says...
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Christoph(United States)says...

Let's see, who has been the best United Statian president ever? perhaps Biden?

David(United States)says...

You obviously know as little about US history as you know about naming. Read some books.

Anonymous(UK)says...

David is not able to answer hahahaHA

Mrs. Anonymoussays...

America is not a word.

David(United States)says...

Congratulations, Mrs. Anonymous. At least one other human agrees with your classic “argument”.

Its me again(United States)says...

Or, imagine in the Olympics, as every country walks in the ceremonies, all of them with similar names and most with the same name. Like there are 10 named "America" and 10 Europe and 10 Asia etc. Well according to David everyone is allowed to do what they want like the U.S. using the name of the continent. Why not right? How would that be?

David(United States)says...

You’re the stupidest person ever.

Its me again(United States)says...

But David that is your way of thinking right! If there is no law or something as you say then the U.S. grabbing the same name as the continent should be okay, right? So in that sense, others are okay to do the same thing and lo and behold...your way of thinking could create havoc in the world with countries with the same name etc.

Its me again(United States)says...

Let's say from now on Brazil ditches its name and adopts the name United States of America. And Africa feels that South Africa is stealing its name so the countries in Africa decide they will also change the name of hte continent to "America" because they like it. Well, David believes that there has to be a law that says that a country can not take the name of another country or continent but since we can't find that law it is then okay to just keep copying the name of continent's or countries. Maybe what we have is an honor system so that things like that don't happen.

David(United States)says...

More of your typical BS. I am not talking about a law in the legal sense. I am talking about a law of naming. You won’t find it because it doesn’t exist. That’s why it isn’t incorrect to call the USA ‘America’.

Your hypotheticals are stupid and irrelevant. They haven’t happened, but calling the USA ‘America’ has. Your “arguments” have failed in reality. Now you desperately hope that they will succeed in fantasy land. They won’t. You aren’t going to prove it’s incorrect to call the country ‘America’ just because your idiotic hypotheticals haven’t occurred.

Its me again(United States)says...

So if it isn't incorrect to call both a nation and a continent "America" why did the US or English Speaking countries don't call the continent "America" same as a nation? How come they had to teach a divided continent to give it a different name "The Americas"? If you say that is okay for both to bear the same name then why the change to "The Americas"? rather than leaving it the way it is?

Its me again(United States)says...

Have you thought that maybe the hypotheticals I 've suggested doesn't happen because other countries have honored the names of other continent's & countries except the U.S.?

David(United States)says...

You think it dishonors other countries. I don’t. Either way, ‘America’ is one of the US’s names, and it isn’t incorrect to call it that.

Its me again(United States)says...

Well think about the nations which are in the continent and all their citizens! They are also Americans!

Its me again(United States)says...

Imperialism has not died.

David(United States)says...

I won’t stop using ‘America’ & ‘American’ to refer to the USA & its citizens just because some dislike it and/or are offended. A lot of Americans & others feel the same way I do.

There are always some people who object to any given thing. We don’t have to abandon something just because other people object. If we had to abandon everything that some people objected to, we wouldn’t be able to say or do damn near anything.

The dishonesty, ignorance, inaccuracy, & stupidity of many of the objections has a lot to do with me not altering my usage. Many of the complaints I hear & read are complete BS. There’s absolutely no reason to take the vast majority of them seriously.

People have every right to voice their objections to these globally widespread usages. They have the right to use different terms, no matter how obscure & prone to misunderstanding they may be.

I have every right to use the terms that I choose. It doesn’t matter one iota that you object.

Candis but boys call me Candy(United States)says...

You tell them sweetheart. I got your back. Hope you got mines too. But don't be shy boo, hold on tight.

Anyways I appreciate your distress. Just because I am biologically a man doesn't mean I can't claim to be a woman. If I call myself a woman encouraging others to do the same then I am in fact a woman. There's nothing that prevents men from identifying as a women. Sorry haters but I'm not going to stop identifying as one just because some don't like it. I'm a diva honey and they will just have to deal with it. I be like:

My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard

And they're like, it's better than yours

Damn right it's better than yours

I can teach you, but I have to charge

Setsuko(United States)says...

if you see yourself as female, then yes, you are female. That's how gender works. but it's not how country names work. USA is not America.

David(United States)says...

Who decides which names are correct and which are incorrect? What are the rules?

David(United States)says...

Why can’t you be honest & admit that it isn’t incorrect to call the US and its citizens ‘America’ and ‘Americans’? There is no sacred, all-powerful, universal book of “correct” usages of names. It isn’t floating in the heavens, guarded by baby Jesus, Vishnu, Thor, & the rest of the gang. Be honest. Stop pretending that your dislike of the usages means they are violating some universal rule of naming. I understand your (mostly false & misguided) reasons for not liking the usages, but why do you have to pretend that they’re “incorrect”? If they really were incorrect, why haven’t you been able to provide any proof?

Mrs. Anonymous admits that such rules don’t exist, yet she still says the usages are “erroneous”. She is so biased & full of false pride that she can’t unequivocally state that the usages are not incorrect or erroneous. For the same reasons, she cannot flatly state that ‘America’ originally only referred to South America. Pathetic.

Ellis Cunningham(United States)says...

Being 2022, it is time truth of what is genuinely “America” and “American” were properly taught to future generations of US-Americans. Instead of pandering to the self delusions of our narcissistic nation.

Thomas(Germany)says...

"In France, when I have announced myself as an American, I have been supposed to belong to one of the French colonies; in Spain, to be from Mexico or Peru, or some other Spanish American country. Repeatedly have I found myself engaged in a long geographical and political definition of my national identity.”

--Washington Irving

Promoting United States as if it were itself America is intended to defend the inappropriate use of the term American. All U.S. Americans are implicitly well aware of this calculus.

David(United States)says...

Yawn. He died about 160 years ago. Things are different now. Try again.

Thomas(Germany)says...

"What lies behind our having persuaded the entire world to call our country ''America''? It implies an unbecoming arrogance on the part of one segment of the vast Western Hemisphere.

Mr. Safire's review of the search for our national name answers that question.

However, I cannot so placidly resign myself to the inevitablity of our acceptance as the Americans. I remain stubbornly literal in my conviction that America is the Western Hemisphere.

I proclaim myself a ''United Statesian.'' That, I feel, is the name we should celebrate, and I do not find it awkward to pronounce. It should be our greatest source of pride that we are a ''United States'' - a union embracing an enormous wealth of human diversity with immense geographic dimensions. "

Rachel F. Weller Urbana (Jul 27, 1986)

David(United States)says...

Some people don’t like it. Not everyone has to like it.

To make things crystal clear, I am not arguing that everyone has to like, or has to use, America and American to refer to the US and its citizens. Most of my comments simply counter the nonsense that it is “incorrect” to use the names this way. It is not incorrect in any way because there are no real and authoritative laws of naming that say it’s incorrect. They simply do not exist. This is why none of you can ever post a citation or a link to any such law or rule.

It’s up for debate whether arrogance, ignorance, stupidity, or whatever is involved. Most of these claims are weak, wrong, and overblown. However, it is simply a fact that it isn’t “incorrect” to use the names to refer to the US and its citizens. People can choose to apply whichever names to whatever they want. There are no rules that say one usage is correct while another is incorrect. The dislike of some doesn’t mean it’s incorrect.

Its me again(United States)says...

It seems you only live by dictates of the law? How about morals? Values? and respect? Common sense? and not everything in this life/world is ruled by law.

David(United States)says...

Whether Americans are aware or not of your supposed calculus, it doesn’t mean that it’s incorrect to use America and American to refer to the US and its citizens. And, again, it isn’t just Americans who use the names this way. That’s a fact that is very inconvenient for your “arguments” because you so desperately want to frame this as Americans being stupid and malicious.

Many citizens of the countries with the best education systems in the world use America and Americans to refer to the US and its citizens. Are they all stupid? Ignorant? Malicious? Hateful of Latin Americans? Are they all willingly serving an evil American calculus?

Thomas(Germany)says...

You have already established the willingness to believe and say anything in support of promoting and using the continental term American as if it were nationality.

David(United States)says...

How is it not a nationality? What rule says the word can’t correctly be used to refer to a nationality?

And I know what US passports say. Official government usage doesn’t define the only “correct” set of usages. Both official and unofficial names and usages exist.

What’s the rule that’s being violated? Is it a whole set of rules that clearly, logically, and inarguably explains how ‘America’ can be used to name many different things, but not a country? Does it also explain such things as how Mexico can name a city, a state, and a country, but America cannot name both a continent and a country?

We all know that you know that such rules don’t exist. Stop lying.

Thomas(Germany)says...

Instead of being Intellectually dishonest and advocating on behalf of what you know to be false, why not just accept the fact that the United States is but one of many countries founded in America and an appropriate term for its citizens would be U.S. American?

David(United States)says...

I have always accepted that there are more countries than just America in the Americas. You already know this. Your dishonesty is so pathetic and tiresome.

US American is perfectly fine for whoever wants to use it. It has its meaning because people have given it that meaning. This is exactly why ‘American’ means US citizen. It has this meaning because people have given it this meaning.

Setsuko(United States)says...

actually, it's not entirely in America, so including american in the demonym is stupid.

David(United States)says...

We don’t have to change the demonym just because we added a state outside of the Americas. It’s your “reasoning” that is stupid.

Its me again(United States)says...

They have bought the notion that has been ingrained in people's minds that America is the name of a country rather than a continent. Because most think the continent's name is "The Americas" and not "America". Perhaps if they were taught that America is still the name of the continent, people will then come to the conclusion that we are discussing here regarding the erroneous usage by the U.S. of the name of the continent. But they had a good plan, the renaming of the continent helps their cause.



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