guh?

Something lame that has plagued me this lunch hour: What, exactly, is "American" cheese? Is it fake cheese? Processed cheese? If it's processed, why not call it that? Or does it mean that the only cheese "America" produces is processed cheese? Does any other country do this? Wait - I guess Swiss cheese sort of counts. But still - "American"? Who gets to name cheese?

I had to cave and ask someone this...and who better than the internet.