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Would you say 'America' or 'the USA'?

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MrsMerryHenry Wed 23-Sep-09 16:33:18

The former carries a connotation of Washington DC dominating the entire Americas, IMO. Maybe it's a carry-over from my past as a TEFL teacher, but I prefer to give the rest of the Americas their independence from the stars & stripes.

The trouble is when you're describing the peoples:

Canadians (fine)
Brazilians, etc - i.e. by country (fine)
South/ Latin Americans (fine)
Americans?? err...USA-acolytes? YankeeDoodleDandies?

What say you?

AstronomyDomine Wed 23-Sep-09 16:36:14

I always say the US but it's maybe a work thing; I work for a US-based company and that's how they refer to themselves.

TheMightyToosh Wed 23-Sep-09 16:39:52

I say the US too, also due to working with US-based people a lot. They seem to prefer it. In fact, when I've seen 'USA' in a document, the 'A' often get's removed - I guess to make the point you made OP?

However, if talking about the people I would say Americans. It's what the President uses to address the nation (my fellow Americans, etc) so I presume it is ok.

LeonieSoSleepy Wed 23-Sep-09 16:44:28

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ilovemydogandmrobama Wed 23-Sep-09 16:47:33

home

meemarsgotabrandnewbump Wed 23-Sep-09 16:48:44

I would describe people from the USA as 'Americans'.

Everyone else is more specifically defined by their nationalities, or by the more general 'Latin American'.

If I had been to the USA, I would probably say 'I went to the States'.

MrsMerryHenry Wed 23-Sep-09 16:49:14

...and 'mah homies', ilovemydog?

grin

ramonaquimby Wed 23-Sep-09 16:50:41

I loathe the expression 'America'

There is North America, South America, Central America.. Ummmm.....no 'America' standing on it's own

I say 'The States' or 'the US'

But do call the people that live in the States Americans.

ByTheSea Wed 23-Sep-09 16:56:27

I am American and I say the States.

CommonNortherner Wed 23-Sep-09 17:00:41

I say the US. I did used to live there though. And people from the US I call Americans.

sarah293 Wed 23-Sep-09 17:01:24

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lumpasmelly Wed 23-Sep-09 17:02:21

Technically the USA is a country within America, which contains Canada, Mexico etc ect...I am Canadian, so get quite annoyed when people refer to "America" as if it is the same as the USA!!

campion Wed 23-Sep-09 17:47:22

I'm more exercised by Americans who don't know where the UK is, always referring to (Great) Britain and looking blank at UK. Has no-one ever told them?

( Yes, yes I know it's the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

Oh, and I hate the expression ' Brits' !

ilovemydogandmrobama Wed 23-Sep-09 18:18:54

ha ha. Just knew it was a matter of time before this thread turned into how stooopid Americans are.

campion Wed 23-Sep-09 18:34:05

I didn't say they're stupid - some of my best friends blah blah...

I just wondered why they don't seem to have heard of the UK.

Cultural difference, I guess.

MmeLindt Wed 23-Sep-09 18:37:58

I say the US as it is how our friends and colleagues refer to their homeland (DH works for an American company).

When talking about a person, or indeed the company, I use American.

vinblanc Wed 23-Sep-09 18:43:00

If I mean the USA, then I would say the USA.

If I was fuzzy about whether it was the USA or Canada, I would say North American.

I would refer to citizens of the USA as Americans, citizens of Canada Canadians. Together, I would refer to the as North Americans.

I have lots of Canadian relatives and am very sensitive about this topic.

said Wed 23-Sep-09 19:04:18

Blimey, I probably say America - hadn't realised this may be "loathed" grin

DillyTantay Wed 23-Sep-09 19:04:51

septics

LadyGlencoraPalliser Wed 23-Sep-09 19:07:26

I say the States. But I call the inhabitants Americans.

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