I'm not saying that America is not part of the name of the United States of America. It is just the least descriptive and accurate part of it. The country is called the UNITED STATES of America. It is like saying Joe of Toronto. Then calling Joe Toronto.
It has become part of the name because of constant use, but I would be willing to bet that you won't find any record of any founding father calling the United States America (I'm too lazy to look it up, hence the bet).
The Americas are North and South America, logically America is both of these continents taken as a whole. It is like Eurasia except not being one whole continental plate.
Azrael001 wrote:I always cringe a little when people refer to the US as America, the States is fewer syllables and more accurate. The term Americans bothers me slightly less because as had been said before, it is obvious shorthand.
How is it more accurate? Why is shorthand an issue? NUMEROUS examples of other countries using shorthand have already been given.
Shorthand isn't an issue. It is obvious which is why I ignore it.
Edit: Ninjad. I don't care all that much, it just bugs me a bit. It's like having a stack of papers that isn't stacked right, or a series of books on a shelf in the wrong order. It doesn't matter, but that doesn't stop me from caring. I am just giving my reasons, which unless I am mistaken is the whole point of the thread.