I'll just tell you what I read recently. In some parts of the world, I think I read the Middle East specifically, they think US residents using the term "American" is kind of chauvinistic and shortsighted. Because you know there are two American continents, North and South. I mean what about Canadians and Mexicans? And for that matter, Brazilians and Chileans too? Shouldn't they be called Americans too? Now think about this. Anyway, to avoid any confusion, and so not to offend anyone, I always preface such words with US, using that as my adjective. Never American. What do the rest of you think? And does knowing this change any of your minds? No judgement. Just asking .