I just asked this question: What is a word or expression to describe anxiety about the passing of time?

It's my first question on English SE, though I am a long-time StackOverflow user, so I understand how the system works in general.

The problem is, I don't know how to tag my question on English SE. I found the tag single-word-requests, which seems appropriate for the question I asked, but on the other hand, I expect that there may be an expression that is more appropriate than a single word.

Please suggest the most appropriate tags for my question.

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    This question is fine here. Asking for assistance in regards to a question on the main site is almost always on-topic for the meta site.
    – waiwai933
    Sep 6, 2011 at 21:32
  • The question is about the tags to use in questions asked on the main site; it's not on topic in the main site to ask which tags to use in questions.
    – apaderno
    Sep 8, 2011 at 2:02

2 Answers 2


The tag exists specifically for this sort of reverse-dictionary question where the desired answer consists of more than one word. If you're open to any number of words, including one, then use both and the phrase-request tag.


My present understanding of the tags is that they:

  1. help experts to answer them (ex. when they favourite them)
  2. help those interested in learning/researching about a topic
  3. help delimit similar questions

In general you can browse the list of tags and see what fits you. For example word-choice, phrase-requests, expressions.
If you think your question is about a common expression or if you want one, there is a tag for that too: common-expression. You also have phrases, idioms and word-usage.

  • correct; if you can't imagine anyone ever intentionally browsing questions with that tag, that tag probably should not exist... Sep 9, 2011 at 19:29

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