Except there is no confusion, unless you cause it deliberately.
I wonder who the hell asked for a friggin history lesson.
"America" refers to the USA. You can get as technical and anal as you like about it, but your ignorance will be REALLY apparent when you don't understand the common use of the term. And it is ENTIRELY correct.
It's a very easy distinction for everyone else to make, so refusal to do it is simply done for the sake of causing an argument.
We don't call them Americans. Your mom doesn't call them Americans. Your friends don't call them Americans. We use labels for the purpose of telling everyone apart. Just makes life easier.
Incidentally, in case you hadn't noticed, they are called BRAZILIANS and MEXICANS, respectively (that is, according to the countries in which they live.)
There is officially "North America" and "South America." Mexico is part of North America. Sometimes we like to use the term "Central America", but that is colloquial. It doesn't officially exist. Sometimes we like to use the term "Americas" to refer to everyone and their dog all the way North and all the way South (and *really* South) of the Mason-Dixon. That's fine, but that term too, is casual. To keep things simple, we understand the continents the way we do now, we understand Mexico's location in the continental scheme of things the way we do now, and we call Brazilians and Mexicans . . . Brazilians and Mexicans. Not "Americans."
Pretty easy, isn't it? Problem solved. Glad I could help. Now do you have anything remotely relevant to say about iPads being made in BRAZIL?
Edited by Quadra 610 - 7/8/12 at 9:38pm