Having confidence is a good thing. Those who have it without having to wade through hours of YouTube tutorials pumped out by wannabe life coaches and magazine clippings promising to teach you how to have better self-esteem are truly blessed. Still, if you spend a day on the internet, you’ll quickly learn some people have inflated their heads to extremes with their overconfidence. We aren’t talking about your typical grammar police who probably can’t see the asterisk on their keyboard anymore from using it to alert the world to your typos. These are the ones who see the world as their personal debate arena and will be remembered by their friends and family for their catchphrase, “WeLL AcTuaLLy….” Today, we’re coming at you with our favorite instances of confidently incorrect posters across social media, thanks to r/confidentlyincorrect and the increasingly popular Facebook page People Incorrectly Correcting Other People.
Continent or Country?
There are a lot of different ways to refer to the western country whose flag has 50 stars and 13 stripes, but if you ask its inhabitants where they are from, they’ll almost always tell you they’re from America and call themselves “Americans” despite the geographical fact that the Americas span two continents and include 35 countries, plus a handful of other territories.
So how did this happen? The founding fathers were well aware that other countries and their inhabitants were considered Americans. Still, after the US annexed places like Guam and the Philippines, many writers felt “America” was a better name because it bolstered the US as a powerful entity whose reach extended to several other territories outside the mainland US. Still, America is more than the US.