Monday, January 9, 2012
The Americas and America
So a picture is worth a thousand words and the one above is worth too many. I find it funny because most people call those living in the United States Americans; but what do you call South Americans? Most of the time they are never, ever called American...just from their prospective country. Even my dad once said, "We're not American...we're Colombian."
The Americas are lands in our hemisphere (western), also known as the New World. In English, the plural from the Americas is often used to refer to the landmasses of North America and South America with their associated islands and regions, while the singular form America is commonly used to refer to the United States of America. Unfortunately our wonderful country we live in was given the same name as our own continents.
So how does the photo make you feel?