American?

Found this on a street on my neighborhood.
Countless times I read, or heard this while living in the U.S.A.
Well, most USAians seem to be unaware that there is no country called “America”. They referred themselves exclusively as Americans.
And even here, most people; included the well educated also refer to U.S.A. citizens solely as the only Americans. Oblivious to the fact that (again) there is no country called America.
America is a continent, composed of at least 35 independent countries, some other island nations governed by European States.
Point: Anyone born within this continent would be “An American”. It upsets me when a well educated Guatemala (or other Americans) refer to U.S.A. citizen implying that they are exclusively Americans.
American?

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  • Humble Random Guest

    I too was offended by this naming convention, but there is a reason behind it.

    Mexico’s real name is United States of Mexico (Estados Unidos Mexicanos) and people who live there are called… “Mexicans”.

    USA’s real name is United States of America (Estados Unidos de America), hence they should be called “Americans”.

    This doesn’t exclude us living in other countries of the continent to be referred to as “Americans” Too, we have the same right as an Italian has of being called “European”.

    Just my humble contribution to an argument that had me fighting over it for years…

  • Let the Unitedstatians called themselves Americans if they want to. Shakespeare said it best:

    What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet.

    • Humble Random Guest

      Great comment Rudy!