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There are two separate tags, both with several questions each:

Are they the same thing, or is there a subtle difference between the two?

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    There is in somebody's mind. There isn't in everybody's. – John Lawler Mar 30 '14 at 19:15
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From their tag-wikis:

— How and why certain words are used in varying ways within various contexts.

— This tag is for questions about correctly using a word.

There doesn't seem to be a significant difference and it would probably be useful to merge these two tags.

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    Why bother? The system is hopelessly confused and inconsistent as it is. To make it work, we'd have to start all over and do it right. Bandaids aren't helpful. – John Lawler Apr 14 '14 at 15:20
  • @JohnLawler: We should bother because there isn't a currently useful distinction between the two tags. If you have other concerns or complaints about the tagging system, feel free to start a meta thread on the subject. – MrHen Apr 14 '14 at 15:26
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    Neither one means anything. usage, by its definition, covers every single question and answer on the site. How helpful is that? – John Lawler Apr 14 '14 at 15:33
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    @JohnLawler: It's not, I agree. But, IMO, having two useless tags is worse than having one useless tag. I'm not personally taking a hard look at tags right now. Once Unanswered gets near 150 or so I'll probably move into tags and start figuring out what greater things need changing/fixing. If you have any particular recommendations/issues I'd love to hear them. – MrHen Apr 14 '14 at 15:38

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