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Old 06-10-2009, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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America is a huge land mass, with a narrow isthmus at the center, which is used to conveniently divide the land mass into North America and South America. Said land mass was called that by European mapmakers beginning in 1507, for reasons that are uncertain. At the time of the Declaration of Independence, the word "America" was used to describe any part of the western hemisphere, mainland and nearby islands. Hence, the colonies referenced in the Declaration were called "these united states" which were situated in an area of America. Prior to that, the British simply called their colonies "America", to distinguish them from their colonies in Asia and Africa.
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Old 06-10-2009, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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America is the continent. It is not a country.

United states of America is a sentence, not a name.

Why can't it have a name like Bob or Bill just like every other country?
A very confusing topic for a thread. Not having a name? "United States of America" is the name of this country. If you check on the other side of the equator, you'll find the "United States of Brazil." Most people just call it Brazil. Our country happens to use the continent as its reference point--what's the problem?
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Old 06-10-2009, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Chicago- Lawrence and Kedzie/Maywood
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A very confusing topic for a thread. Not having a name? "United States of America" is the name of this country. If you check on the other side of the equator, you'll find the "United States of Brazil." Most people just call it Brazil. Our country happens to use the continent as its reference point--what's the problem?
Brazil is also in America.
It has states that are united.
Therefore it is also technically a bunch of United states of America.
But it also has a name which is Brazil.
What I am asking is why the "U.S." Does not have such a name.
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Old 06-10-2009, 05:44 PM
 
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"Why doesn't the USA have a name"? I can't imagine. Probably for the same reason that Thailand doesn't have a Fourth of July, or France has no French Fries.....and you seldom hear of a person claiming to be from "Eastern Chile"...
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Maine
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America is the continent. It is not a country.

United states of America is a sentence, not a name.

Why can't it have a name like Bob or Bill just like every other country?
The United States of America is just as much a name as "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" or "The Federated States of Micronesia."

However, should that not satisfy you, remember that all 50 states are, in fact, named. The United States of America is just the name that was given to the confederacy that the several states created. That is why they are called states and not provinces.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The United States of America is just as much a name as "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" or "The Federated States of Micronesia."

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But you can call those Macedonia or Micronesia, and you will be understood to be referring to the country. Calling it America does not assure that one is talking about the country, since there is another geographical region known as America.

However, the world has figured out to deal with it. When somebody says "America", it is pretty clear that they are talking about the USA. A person who means the entirety of the two continents, nowadays, would say "The Americas".
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Chicago- Lawrence and Kedzie/Maywood
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But you can call those Macedonia or Micronesia, and you will be understood to be referring to the country. Calling it America does not assure that one is talking about the country, since there is another geographical region known as America.
Correct.
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Earth
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WOW,
I read through this whole thread and nobody seems to recognize our Uncle Sam.

~Aeroman~
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Old 06-11-2009, 04:54 AM
 
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I cant believe people are taking this serious enough to keep arguing with this guy! LMAO

Lets just go with Julio and we will be all set!
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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America is the continent. It is not a country.

United states of America is a sentence, not a name.

Why can't it have a name like Bob or Bill just like every other country?
"United States of America" is not a sentence.
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