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View Poll Results: Do you think of (in day-to-day speech):
Mostly USA and Canada. 79 66.95%
Mostly USA, Canada and Mexico. 22 18.64%
Mostly USA, Canada, Mexico and more (eg. includes Caribbean, central America etc.) 17 14.41%
Voters: 118. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-02-2012, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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and Canadians seem to refer to this collective term more than Americans)
Yes, I've noticed that. In my experience, Canadians are the only ones who use that term extensively.
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Yes, I've noticed that. In my experience, Canadians are the only ones who use that term extensively.
This is my observation as well. "North America" is really only very commonly heard in Canada, and has an "us too!" kind of angle to it. People abroad seem to only use it when they absolutely have to, in the interest of not excluding Canada.

Americans generally will talk about "America", which may in the odd case even include Canada by extension.

In general, I find that most people outside North America will refer to "America" as well, and it is really the U.S. they are talking about. Canada is either not thought of or, if it is, is considered indistinguishable from the U.S.

Bottom line: it seems that it is mostly Canadians who feel the need for an umbrella moniker that corresponds to everything the U.S. and Canada share in common.

Americans don't need that, since their identity is so much of a juggernaut and has so much visibility that the short and sweet "America" suits them just fine.
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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It's just like the term Asians. Arabs and Indians are rarely called Asians. Asian has been associated to East & Southeast Asia by many Westerners.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:20 PM
 
Location: the dairyland
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I think of Canada and the US only. Mexico belongs to Latin America in my book even though it is geographically North America.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Yes, I've noticed that. In my experience, Canadians are the only ones who use that term extensively.
I've also heard British people say "North America" in that sense often enough (but then again it is often said in the sense of being aware of Canada + USA as the "other side of the pond").
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:53 PM
 
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I think of the map arrangement when I hear the term, which is the opposite of South America, and therefore I am always thinking of Mexico, US and Canada combined.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:45 AM
 
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When I think of North America it's the countries in colors on this map:

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Old 04-03-2012, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Sweden
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Central America is North America too.

North America - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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The first time I travelled overseas outside Canada and the U.S. I was actually surprised to find that ice hockey was considered to be primarily an American or U.S. sport (and not a sport at least shared between the U.S. and Canada) by most of the media in the rest of the world. At that time, the Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames were playing for the NHL's Stanley Cup, and it was always covered in the U.S./American sports sections or segments of the various media, often with an icon featuring the U.S. flag!
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Brazil
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Here in Brazil, the expression "North American" ("norte-americano") is used almost as a synonymous to "American". People associate "North American" with the USA.
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