You know, something that’s always bothered me is the usage of the word “American” to describe a citizen of the United States. After all, the Americas go from Canada to the tip of Chile, making Mexicans, Peruvians, Canadians, etc. technically all “Americans”.
I don’t pretend to know the original origins of using the term to mean people of the U.S., just that it doesn’t make much sense.
It always cracks me up when I see a movie with a traveler from the US getting tossed into a South American jail who’s screaming “I’m an American! I’m an American!” I just keep thinking the jailer will say, “yeah, well so am I , now shut up!”