USA is not America

The Star Trek reference

The right argument

In Star Trek there is a fictional interplanetary federal republic called The United Federation of Planets and it is referred to as The Federation (do you see the analogy?).
Under the wrong argument it should be called The Planets, which it is plain non-sense. Following this example it is quite easy to deduce that The United States of America should (if needed) be referred as The States but never as America.

Please, note that this page in not about demonyms (gentilics) but about the way to call a country.
Source: Wikipedia
STAR TREK and related marks are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc.

Add Comment

* Required information
Powered by Commentics

Comments (4)

Santiago(United States)says...

Freedonia, Usonia, Civitas-popularis, Itsalagigadohi ("ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩᎦᏙᎯ," Cherokee for "land")... anything but "America."

Setsuko(United States)says...

I like the name Usonia. I don't know what civitas-popularis means, though.

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

I have just thought of these new names for the country …

1. United States of Usonia

2. Usonia of America

3. United Usonian States

Only then, Usonia would be the official short name for the country! 🙂

Holly Ross(United States)says...

You're using a TV show and movies for your example? That's ridiculous. Um, as you observed, Star Trek is fiction. No place in this argument. Also, if you want to take this as a real example, why couldn't it be called The Planets. I'm on board with that. Go, the Planets!

Mike Rotch(Colombia)says...

Even so, what you said does not invalidate the argument. Do not stare at the finger when someone is pointing to the moon.


Until there are more Federations in the name (cough United States of Brazil, United Mexican States cough).

Amagawa Setsuko(United States)says...

The existence of United Mexican States is why United States of America is a stupid name. The name "United States of Brazil" isn't used anymore.

Jayden Hill(United States)says...

This actually makes sense.

Like us on Facebook or Share with your friends.

Let the world know that USA should not be called America! America is one whole continent.