Monday, October 04, 2010

America or the United States of America?

Can I just rant a bit?

I've noticed an increase in the use of "America" instead of "The United States" or "The United States of America" or "USA" lately and it's driving me nuts! People have always done it, but it seems like the use of it is getting worse. Even the government is in on it with their america.gov site.

America is made of up 2 major continents called North America and South America with a nice little connector area commonly known as Central or Middle America. They're all full of wonderful American people.

So when we talk about America, we should remember that those of us living in the USA are not the only ones in America. Granted, calling ourselves the USofA-ans or USers or United Statesians is too cumbersome. So we call ourselves Americans. But calling our country "America" is going a little too far.

So PLEASE, refrain from calling our country "America." We are the the United States of America.Or the US, USA, United States, or even just The States.

Do we take no pride in our country that we abbreviate its name inappropriately? Are we so ethnocentric as to think that the people living in the United States are it and everyone else doesn't count? Or are we just lazy? Calling the United States by just the name America is like wearing pajamas to the grocery store. Eww! Just don't go there!

Just because other American countries have it easy and can just add "ans" or some other form to the end of their country name doesn't mean we should take over all the rights to the word "America."

Calling our country "America" could be compared to France calling their country "Europe," South Africa calling themselves "Africa," or China calling their country "Asia." Yeah, it doesn't work does it?

So that's my rant today. It's been on my mind for a couple of months now and I just needed to say something. Maybe it's because I've lived on the outside and have had my perspective skewed a different direction from those raised in the USA.

But then, maybe that's what's needed. A little different perspective.

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