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America The US
Debate Score:38
Arguments:28
Total Votes:43
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America vs The US

Right now this country's name is the United States but is also known as America.

Should this country be called America or the US?

America

Side Score: 13
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The US

Side Score: 25
1 point

Look this is called America because this society fundemently built in good purposes. Canada is built in good intentions too but the U.S. started those systems first and they followed so we are the ideal 'America". Canada accepts that we are a better America anyways because we own a lot of the countries sports.

Side: America
3 points

America technically includes all of the Americas, which consists of the continents of North America and South America. The United States of America isn't saying that the USA is "America" alone, but is the United States of America, so I guess there could eventually be a United States of Europe or United States of Africa, but by now it would seem a bit unoriginal.

It is confusing that the country is called United States, yet the people are American.

Maybe we could work on that... But really, I doubt it'll change.

Side: The United States
2 points

I'm pretty sure the derivative "American" is forced by conventions of grammar, much like citizens of the United Arab Emirates are just "Arabs" even though there are other Arab countries, because there's no other good way to congugate the derivative form.

Side: The United States
0 points

But doesn't America sound more better than the US?

the US sounds so dull & non original.

Side: America
brandino(27) Disputed
1 point

Actually America owns a lot. Because it would be imposssible for any country to handle the things America does. USA is the only country in the west that insures the challeges are won for the west. SO dam rite thy better be calling this country Amrerica or America won't fight for the West finnalcialy no more and America could be greedy like China. The USA is not built like those greedy basturds and we help our neighboring countries. And these countries know they have to support there "king" or we will cut off vital sevices/supplies to them. GET OVER IT PEOPLE DO YOU WANT THIS COUNTRY TO BE LIKE CHINA!!!!!!!

Side: America
2 points

lol,

yeah, I always thought it was funny that there are a couple dozen American countries, but only people from the US are "Americans"

But no, it's the United States of America.

Side: The United States
1 point

Well it's not like you're gunna say "I'm a North American". It's just the way it is.

Like everyone calls me Jake, when it's technically Jacob. And if there is another Jacob in the room they aren't gunna call us both Jake so they call him Jacob and me Jake.

hence: American is to South American as Jake is to Jacob

get it? Just the way it is.

Side: America
2 points

US implies that it is a united country..............................

the name fetches it some dignity

Side: The United States
1 point

But people from the US are called Americans not United Statians.

The US is so dull & not original

Side: America
1 point

Or it could be the United States of Americans...

We could be Amercians of the United States.

Side: America
1 point

We are the United States of America. Most of the time, we just say America when we're talking about the US or USA, but technically, "America" should include other countries like Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Canada, and Cuba, to name a few.

Side: The United States
0 points

But people from the US are called Americans. Not USish or United Statesans.

America is more original.

Side: America
ddjxie(58) Disputed
2 points

"America" is not the original name used to refer to the political region that lies between the Dominion of Canada and the United Mexican States; its original name is the "United States of America".

Side: The United States
MKIced(2476) Disputed
1 point

Why are people from Holland/the Netherlands called Dutch and not "Hollandese" or "Netherlandians"?

Why aren't people from the UK called "Kingdomians", etc?

Why are there Danish people, but not "Denmarkians"?

I'm sure the list goes on, but demonyms do not have to resemble the region that they represent. This country is the United States of America and since we are basically the most important country in this hemisphere, we typically get the demonym "American".

Side: The United States

The United States is simply a shortened version of The United States of America yet we're the only people who refer to themselves as Americans. Others would be entitled to the same distinction since we have both South and North America but they never do so. They refer to themselves by their country's name

Side: The United States
1 point

If our country's name should be the US then why don't we call our people United Statians?

Or United Statese? The US is dull & not original.

Side: America
2 points

In your estimation, what would be original? `````````````````````````````````

Side: The United States
Awen27(541) Disputed
2 points

Our name isn't The United States. It's The United states Of (what's that, folks at home?) AMERICA. Just America for short. Americans because statese is kind of dumb. :p

Side: The United States
1 point

Couldn't we be United Statesmen and Stateswomen?

That'd rock face.

Side: The US
0 points

OR we could just call ourselves Americans which sounds better.

United Statesmen sucks. If we have to be the US what about Canada becoming the United Provinces & Australia the United Territories?

Side: America
1 point

America is a continent (or two, some people separate north and south), not a country. People in Latin America (and maybe also in Canada) feel like the name of the whole continent has been hijacked by the States. It's as if the world referred to the Japanese as "Asians", and every time you say Asian you mean the Japanese...

As a Brazilian, I must say I'm annoyed for having to specify "oh, I'm South American, oh, I'm Latin American..." But oh well, it's always a nice joke when I meet someone from the US and they say "I'm American." "Me too! which country?" =P

Anyways, to be fair to the US, they don't really have a better choice of a name... For example, the official name of Brazil used to be "United States of Brazil", and people would call it Brazil, not USB... America is just a terrible coincidence...

Anyways... I always try to say "people from the US" or refer to the country as "the States"...

Side: The US
1 point

Well what nationality should people from the US be?

Also Australia is a continent & a country.

Do you think Australia should be called the United Territories?

Side: America
chapulina(152) Disputed
1 point

Ha? Unfortunately, the nationality is American for the lack of a better word... I'm just saying that people from other American countries are also American... Every South-East Asian is also Asian, every Central American is also American... It's a word that, in English, can mean both a person from the US specifically or a person from any other American country... In some other languages there's a difference... In Portuguese you can call people from the US estado-unidenses, in Spanish they can be called estadounidenses, in Japanese they can be called beikokujin instead of americajin... In the English language, however, it seems like there can be no nice substitute...

Do you even understand the double meaning of American?! Australian has no other meaning because Australia is a continent and a country at the same time. America, before being an abbreviation of USA, is a continent which includes other countries.

Side: The US

America implies no borders. I like US because it differentiates us from them ;)

Side: The US
1 point

So what should people from the US be called?

USians?

The name US is dull & not original.

America is alot more original.

Also Australia is a continent & a country. So why can't America be a continent & a country?

Side: America
chapulina(152) Disputed
1 point

America is original? Have you heard about a continent which is also called America?!

Do you know the meaning of continent? ><

Side: The US

Maybe America can be considered like a really big island ;)

Side: America