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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. 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. 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? 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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