Just spotted a new uniquity tag, for words that express uniqueness. While I don't object to the idea of the tag, I'm puzzled by its name, which appears to be a rare, possibly obsolete variant of uniqueness. Should it be changed or syn-linked to the more common term? Or is there some reason to expect that people will use it more as currently spelled?

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    Argh...just say it's not a word...because it's not. Retag all to uniqueness and be done with it.
    – Mitch
    Mar 30, 2014 at 2:57
  • It's a uniquely silly tag.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Mar 30, 2014 at 7:32
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    I would read ‘uniquity’ as [ˌʌnˈɪkwɪti], i.e., as a somewhat mis-prefixed alternative form of iniquity, perhaps a portmanteau of iniquity and unequal. It would not have occurred to me, if I’d just seen the tag, that it actually referred to uniqueness. Mar 30, 2014 at 17:53
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    @JanusBahsJacquet You will find that uniquity is listed in the OED as meaning the same as uniqueness, and to have been around since the 18th century. I like to think uniquity has certain contrasts with ubiquity, stretching matters though that may be.
    – tchrist Mod
    Mar 31, 2014 at 4:18
  • @tchrist Yes, noticed the similarity to ubiquity, but also the resemblance to a malapropism for iniquity. Glad this caught your attention. Mar 31, 2014 at 7:22
  • @tchrist It's also in MW. Makes me think of Uniqua. Apr 4, 2014 at 18:55
  • @tchrist Yeah I like that. Presuming that, in enough people's minds, it suggests, and stands in contrast to, ubiquity - then it seems like a cool word to have in the repertoire.
    – Hal
    Apr 9, 2014 at 20:04

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We should not have a . I'm looking at the current questions tagged with it and am not seeing anything useful in grouping those questions together. Of the current 7 questions:

  • 5 questions are asking for a word that means something similar to "unique"
  • 1 question is asking about words that have unique meanings
  • 1 question seems completely unrelated

Questions about words that mean X should not be placed in . This leaves Is there a term for words that have a single meaning or are only used in a single context? as the only relevant question and a tag with only one question in it is kind of useless.

I vote we remove the tag entirely.

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    It looks like tchrist tagged all of the posts very recently; hopefully he can drop in and explain the tag. Mar 29, 2014 at 21:37

it could be incorrect to consider the word Uniquity to be redundant/obsolete as it's usage is not unlike well versed. uniquity is more the disposition of "uniqueness" than "uniqueness" itself; it is also the "degree" or "grade" of "uniqueness." moreover, it is the set of properties purported by "uniqueness." last but not least, it is the "quality" of "uniqueness."

  • I don't think you can have a quality of uniqueness as 'one of a kind' cannot have a modifier. Something can't be more 'one of a kind' than another.
    – GenericJam
    Apr 2, 2014 at 20:55
  • Hmm. I would agree that in an abstract sense one thing cannot be more 'one of a kind' than another thing. However, in a concrete, real-world sense, I don't believe that uniqueness (or uniquity) is binary. Most objects are composed of many characteristics that are evaluated in many contexts, so you might say that "Lady Gaga is a more unique performer than Brittany Spears." This is an opinion, but it is still a valid use of the adjective.
    – badpanda
    Apr 4, 2014 at 5:29
  • In the case of an algorithm that enumerates guaranteed-unique possibilities, would it be reasonable to refer to its disposition-for-uniqueness? Mar 15, 2017 at 2:59

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