reply to post by wonderworld
lol! It certainly does (if you're intending to be facetious a bit ;-)
With just a few respondents, we can already see this "America" is something different to each an all.
For you is could be the good ol' USA,
To facelift it is an illusory Dreamland,
To Duce, is would seem so obvious as to take offense having it challenged,
To Kenny is appears as a country, and as a home.
Archasama looks to the historical meaning of the word and uncovers how it has birthed.
Dumbass shares a really funny (S! on that one) definition of something losing value or losing performance.
Amc understands it has different uses, but sharpens the definition as you did to one of the USA.
characteristics of this "America" he notes is a "place"
and that place is one of opportunity.
He even includes the word "nation" while speaking about it.
Thing is, I was born in one of the member countries of the union... served in the military (US type 1 each), and there is no way under the sun I
would ever define myself as an American
. Heck, I have grandfathers of the same family name that date back to North
the French Indian Wars. I have a grandfather of the same family name who fought in the Albany Militia against King George's Red Coats... but sure as
I'm a man, I certainly am no "American."
I still am interested in how people's understanding of this differ (if any). Already it is a mixed box of jargon. To some an idealistic place of
opportunity, to others a place of swirling garbage.
Irrespective of these different opinions of the term "America" I'm certain that the term United States of America is much less debatable. There is
a founding document. There are rules, branches of government, etc... It is more of a machinery, or tool. Where folks may feel this way or that about
the United States of America, they're more often referring to the people using or abusing that tool, but not the tool itself.
Now "America"... that's a whole different story. What the devil is it fcol?