No other country, other than Australia, uses the name of the whole continent as the name for it's denizens so it is understandable that this may be controversial and create some discussion. There is no other precedent for it, so I don't see any way to compare it to other country's national designations as you have tried to do above.
I'd like to address just this point if I may. We Americans *don't* refer to ourselves by continent name. We don't call ourselves North Americans. We call ourselves Americans because America is the accepted international shorthand for United States of America.
And we didn't "co-opt" it. We were here first.
And they all HAVE a country name: Canadians, Mexicans. And Guatemalans, Brazilians, etc.
There's also an accuracy problem--if someone SAYS "Americans" meaning "citizens of the US, Canada, Mexico," nobody else is going to know what they mean. Anywhere else in the world.
. I just have a question for people who say I am an American, not a USian. Will youi at least recognize the fact that a person from Guatemala is just as much an American as you are? Because
Absolutely not because then you are saying a Canadian is American and we are not. We identify with our country, not continent.
Yeah, I don't see people saying, "I'm a North American" they way they might say "I'm a European" or "I'm an African." It's just too big of a continent, and there are too few countries on it. Three. All of which have their own names and all of which think of themselves VERY differently. In North America, we tend to have our "dual identity" be our state/province and then our country,
I don't have any particular objection to USians--I think it's kinda cute. I don't have any problem w/ nicknames.
But I'm never, ever going to concede on "American."