Q&A: “What Makes America the Greatest Country in the World?”.
America is not a country. It’s a landmass made up of two continents: North America and South America. Here, let me describe them…
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This is my comment:
Thank you for your post! We talk about the same idea, how America and American could mean anyone from North or South America. Why don’t people in the US have their own name for their people? Sometimes we call them USers or USians, but they really should have a better name. I don’t know of any other country which does not have a word or phrase for it’s citizens. It’s kind of weird really.
If we talk to people from the US about this they get all huffy about it. “Americans are Americans!”. But, in fact, Americans could be Mexican or Canadian or Chilean, etc. USians are a people without a name of their own.
Even “United States” or “United States of America” is non-descriptive. There are other countries with the same name, more or less.
Anyway, I thought it was just a few of us up here in Canada who thought about this at all. Nice to see someone else has noticed.